Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The first or early part of the day, lasting from midnight to noon or from sunrise to noon.
  • n. The dawn.
  • n. The first or early part; the beginning: the morning of a new nation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of the day from dawn to midday.
  • n. The part of the day after midnight and before midday: one o'clock in the morning = 0100 or 1 a.m.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first or early part of the day, variously understood as the earliest hours of light, the time near sunrise; the time from midnight to noon, from rising to noon, etc.
  • n. The first or early part.
  • n. The goddess Aurora.
  • adj. Pertaining to the first part or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first part of the day, strictly from midnight to noon.
  • n. Figuratively, the first or early part.
  • n. A morning dram or draught.
  • n. A slight repast taken at rising, some time before what is called breakfast.
  • Pertaining to the first or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day, or before dinner: as, a morning concert.
  • Existing, taking place, or seen in the morning: as, morning dew; morning light; morning service: often used figuratively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first light of day
  • n. a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
  • n. the time period between dawn and noon
  • n. the earliest period

Etymologies

Middle English, from morn, morn; see morn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English morwening, equivalent to morn +‎ -ing. See also morrow, Middle English morwe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When seen in the morning it is called the Fetu ao, or _morning star_, and is said to have

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • Beautiful morning, my lord — ’morning, Mr. Cobling — I see you’ve made each other’s acquaintance already.”

    Unnatural Death

  • Every sweet summer morning Alice would jump out of bed, and her mother would throw the window open, letting in the delicious perfume from the strawberry bed next door, and the joyous _morning hymns_ of the little birds, and then, if Lillie had come all at once, 'midst the songs of the birds, a small clear musical voice would be heard, singing (for she made a little song of it) -- "Al -- _lie_!

    Baby Nightcaps

  • You might also keep this in mind: One researcher has said that the term morning sickness should really be changed to wellness insurance; pregnancy nausea may be linked to better birth weights for babies.

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  • The word morning becomes his mantra; that one word helps crowd out the more desperate, flickering thoughts of how easy it would be to just close his eyes and let go.

    OVERBOARD !

  • Saying that, you do stand a better chance of landing a lunker bass in “mid-day” hours but fishing in the morning is almost certain to be action packed …

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  • The only negative to report this morning is they only showed the trailer once to a crowd that showed up an hour early.

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  • For many people the morning is the most productive time.

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  • Better yet, follow Julia Cameron's advice in The Artist's Way and write about your fear -- or whatever is on your mind -- in what she calls "morning pages."

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  • The big chip news this morning is about a 7-year-old company coming out with a completely new technology that it believes has the potential to replace the type of memory used to store data in phones, MP3 players and solid-state hard drives.

    Unity Seeks to Give Your Digital Toys a Memory Boost

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  • In the morning, very early,
    That's the time I love to go
    Barefoot where the fern grows curly
    And grass is cool between each toe,
    On a summer morning-O!
    On a summer morning!

    - Rachel Field, 'Barefoot Days'.

    November 12, 2008