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sun

noun \ ˈsən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of sun

1 a often capitalized :the luminous celestial body around which the earth and other planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, which is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, and which has a mean distance from earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a linear diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b :a celestial body like the sun :star
2 :the heat or light radiated from the sun
  • played in the sun all day
3 :one resembling the sun (as in warmth or brilliance)
4 :the rising or setting of the sun
  • from sun to sun
in the sun
:in the public eye
under the sun
:in the world :on earth

Examples of sun in a Sentence

  1. The rain has stopped and the sun is shining.

  2. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

  3. the warmth of the sun's rays

  4. They dream of traveling to distant suns.

  5. Try to keep out of the sun.

  6. The cat lay basking in the sun.

Recent Examples of sun from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sun

Middle English sunne, from Old English; akin to Old High German sunna sun, Latin sol — more at solar

sun Synonyms

Synonyms
sunlight, sunshine
Antonyms
nightfall, sundown, sunset
Related Words
sunburst; daylight; glare, shine
Near Antonyms
cloudiness; penumbra, shade, shadiness, shadow, umbra

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sun

verb

Definition of sun

sunned; sunning
transitive verb
:to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun
intransitive verb
:to sun oneself

Examples of sun in a Sentence

  1. People sunned themselves on the hillside.

Recent Examples of sun from the Web

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First Known Use of sun

15th century


Sun

abbreviation

Definition of Sun

Sunday


SUN Defined for English Language Learners

sun

noun

Definition of sun for English Language Learners

  • : the star that the Earth moves around and that gives the Earth heat and light

  • : any star that has planets which move around it

  • : the heat or light produced by the sun : sunshine or sunlight


sun

verb

Definition of sun for English Language Learners

  • : to sit or lie in the light of the sun especially in order to make your skin darker


SUN Defined for Kids

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sun

noun \ ˈsən \

Definition of sun for Students

1 :the heavenly body in our solar system whose light makes our day and around which the planets revolve
2 :sunshine 1
  • I'm going outside to get some sun.
3 :a heavenly body like our sun

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sun

verb

Definition of sun for Students

sunned; sunning
:to expose to or lie or sit in the rays of the sun

Sun.

abbreviation

Definition of Sun. for Students

Sunday


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