sun

noun
\ ˈsən \

Definition of sun 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a 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

sun

verb
sunned; sunning

Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun

intransitive verb

: to sun oneself

Definition of Sun (Entry 3 of 3)

Sunday

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sun

Synonyms: Noun

dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, daylight, light, morn, morning, sunrise, sunup

Antonyms: Noun

nightfall, sundown, sunset

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Examples of sun in a Sentence

Noun

The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. the warmth of the sun's rays They dream of traveling to distant suns. Try to keep out of the sun. The cat lay basking in the sun.

Verb

People sunned themselves on the hillside.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As the sun disappeared over 29th Street, the mood of the evening would change. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 Taste of Chicago ends Sunday, which must be depressing to those who love standing out in the hot sun, sweating, eating fatty food in crowds and getting slimed by strangers committing the sin of Random Sweat Transfer. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 Lunar eclipses occur when the moon, Earth and the sun are aligned and the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 Soak in the midsummer sun at Spruce Street Harbor Park during the green space’s recurring evening jazz performance. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Taylor Swift, 'Star Wars' with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other great events in Philadelphia, July 13-20," 12 July 2018 During these special evenings, the setting sun aligns perfectly with NYC’s grid, illuminating both sides of every east-west facing street in an orange glow. Renae Reints, Fortune, "This Is Your Last Chance to Experience Manhattanhenge in 2018," 12 July 2018 With the change in air mass, Wednesday and Thursday should be pleasant, bringing dry weather and a glimpse of sun, Simpson said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Scattered showers will hit Boston this weekend, along with increasing clouds and humidity," 14 July 2018 The best view will be in south Tasmania where 4.5 percent of the sun will be covered. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018 Earth and Mars end up on the same side of the sun every 2.2 years. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Night sky brings a treat this month as Mars is the brightest it has been in 15 years," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Imagine robot planters the size of small bears, lumbering slowly around gardens and parks, looking for a place to sun themselves. James Vincent, The Verge, "This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head," 12 July 2018 Sure enough, after swimming in calm waters, the reptile sauntered onto the shore and sunned itself a bit, before walking toward a lagoon on the other side of the island. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "This alligator didn't mind saltwater as it swam and sunned itself on a Florida beach," 19 June 2018 Some played cards while others were sunning themselves on the hillside, inside the one-acre barbed-wire enclosure. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rockers rebuffed over RFK wake," 6 June 2018 On Saturday morning, people were already scarfing down gooey slices of Pantaleo’s cheese pizza off of flimsy paper plates and sunning on beach towels around the pool’s perimeter. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "The city’s two public outdoor pools and South Boston ‘family-friendly’ beach open this weekend," 16 June 2018 Brackenridge Park: With 343 acres divided by the San Antonio River, the park is the perfect place to picnic, take a walk or catch a glimpse of turtles sunning. Mary Mills Heidbrink, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio offers multitude of choices for getting back to nature," 11 June 2018 Wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin, and sun spots known collectively as photoaging have all led to explosive growth in the global anti-aging skin care market. Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN, "Aging gracefully: Tightening your skin safely and effectively," 16 May 2018 Shelter Island Heights, for instance, the neighborhood near the North Ferry terminal, has frilly Victorians sunning themselves on hillsides overlooking the harbor and yacht club. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 Take a tram or bike the 15-mile loop and see migratory birds and countless alligators sunning themselves on the road. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free entry at Everglades National Park and Shark Valley on April 21," 20 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sun.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sun

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sun

Noun

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

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The first known use of sun was before the 12th century

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sun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 2)

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

sun

noun
\ ˈsən \

Kids Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the heavenly body in our solar system whose light makes our day and around which the planets revolve

2 : sunshine sense 1 I'm going outside to get some sun.

3 : a heavenly body like our sun

sun

verb
sunned; sunning

Kids Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

: to expose to or lie or sit in the rays of the sun

Kids Definition of Sun.

Sunday

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