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noun sun·shine \-ˌshīn\

Simple Definition of sunshine

  • : the sun's light or rays : warmth and light from the sun

  • : a feeling of happiness

  • —used as a form of address that can be either friendly or rude

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sunshine

  1. 1a :  the sun's light or direct raysb :  the warmth and light given by the sun's raysc :  a spot or surface on which the sun's light shines

  2. 2 :  something (as a person, condition, or influence) that radiates warmth, cheer, or happiness


play \-ˌshī-nē\ adjective

Examples of sunshine in a sentence

  1. Today's forecast calls for sunshine.

  2. Let's go out and enjoy the sunshine!

  3. She was the kind of person who brought sunshine into people's lives.

13th Century

First Known Use of sunshine

13th century



adjective sun·shine

Definition of sunshine

  1. :  forbidding or restricting closed meetings of legislative or executive bodies and sometimes providing for public access to records <sunshine laws>


First Known Use of sunshine


Rhymes with sunshine

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SUNSHINE Defined for Kids


noun sun·shine \ˈsən-ˌshīn\

Definition of sunshine for Students

  1. 1 :  the sun's light or direct rays :  the warmth and light given by the sun's rays

  2. 2 :  something that spreads warmth or happiness <You are my sunshine.>

Law Dictionary


adjective sun·shine

Legal Definition of sunshine

  1. :  forbidding or restricting closed meetings of legislative or executive bodies and sometimes providing for public access to government records <sunshine laws> — see also Freedom of Information Act

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