sun

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noun

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
5

sun

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verb

sunned; sunning

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to sun oneself

Sun

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abbreviation

Sunday
Phrases
in the sun
: in the public eye
under the sun
: in the world : on earth

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Its oil-free formula blends into skin without clogging pores, while its Amazonian clay, chamomile, and vitamins A, C, and E protect your skin from the sun, hydrate, and brighten. Megan Mowery, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 The planet is eight times closer to its host star than Mercury is to our sun. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 24 Nov. 2022 Looking like their skating legs and sharpness were washed out by the South Florida sun and surf, the Bruins saw their seven-game winning streak end at the edge of the Everglades. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 This makes the Sagittarian energy of the new moon even more potent because the sun (creative life force), the moon (emotions), Venus (attraction), and Mercury (communication) are all speaking the same language. Emily Newhouse, Allure, 22 Nov. 2022 Which means the temperature is between surface-of-the-sun hot and just kind of warm. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Power has to be transported from places that have a lot of wind and sun to urban centers that use a lot of electricity. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 In the younger levels, the girls explore the sun, moon and stars. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 20 Nov. 2022 Celebrate with the gift of Ken gear for the sand and sun. Leanne Italie, Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022
Verb
Its new line of outdoor rugs look great on any patio and will hardly sun. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 12 Sep. 2022 While the accommodations are significantly more comfy these days, guests can still sun themselves on the former parade grounds. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 The National Weather Service forecast says Portland should expect a high of 87 degrees and mostly sun on Sunday. Beth Slovic, oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2022 Andriano vines have sun from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM in summer, and grow in a cooler climate than Terlan vines. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Top down, sun on your face and wind in your hair makes the cockpit of this new M Convertible a lovely place to be. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 On May 24, 2007, a few weeks after his first confirmed sighting in more than a year, Reggie crawled out of the water to sun himself on a bank just inside the chain-link fence. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 This white sand beach is a great place to swim and sun on repeat. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 The National Weather Service says afternoon skies will be a mix of clouds and sun with a high of 65 by late afternoon, cooling a bit from Sunday’s 70 degree high. oregonlive, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sun 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: the star around which the planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, and which has an average distance from the earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b
: a star like the sun
2
: the heat or light given off by the sun : sunshine
3
: one resembling the sun usually in 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

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verb

sunned; sunning
1
: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun
2
: to sun oneself

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