The time just before dawn.

pre′dawn′ adj.


the period before dawn
before dawn
before dawn


(priˈdɔn, ˈpri-)

1. the period immediately preceding dawn.
2. occurring just before dawn.
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RAMALLAH, December 9, 2015 (WAFA) The fatal shooting of a Palestinian young man during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha Refugee Camp, south of Bethlehem, hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies.
Eye-witnesses said dozens of Israeli army patrols stormed Nablus city at predawn time and cordoned off Joseph's Tomb area, PIC reported.
15 -- (BNA): At least 21 Palestinian, including minors, were arrested by the Israeli military and police on Tuesday, most of them during predawn raids on Palestinian towns across the West Bank districts of Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem, according to local and security sources quoted by the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).
Karachi -- A local AntiTerrorism Court in Karachi Wednesday remanded five suspects arrested by Rangers during a predawn raid on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters, Nine Zero.
Occupied Jerusalem, Rabi'I 3, 1436, Dec 25, 2014, SPA -- At least 12 Palestinians were Thursday arrested by the Israeli forces during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Hebron and in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported today.
My neighbours on both sides are famished before they can eat when night falls, then drag themselves out of bed for a predawn meal few want, but daren't refuse, because it's their last intake for daylight hours.
The predawn attack on the police checkpoint happened in the Laman area on the outskirts of Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital, the police chief said.
However, the Venezuelan president still has supporters willing to sound trumpets and set off fireworks in a tradition predawn 'wake-up call' for voters.
Summary: In a predawn surprise raid carried out by residency inspectors, 39 illegal residents were nabbed in Dubai on Thursday morning.
Xinhua News Agency said the train was headed from Hubei Province in central China to Guangdong Province in the south when the predawn accident took place in Liuzhou city in Guangxi Autonomous Region.
The predawn collision caused several cars to derail, it said.
Summary: The Southern town of Srifa was rattled by a predawn earthquake on Friday, sparking panic among the weary population, but no casualties were reported.