noun, often attributive
sun·​burst | \ ˈsən-ˌbərst How to pronounce sunburst (audio) \

Definition of sunburst

1 : a flash of sunlight especially through a break in clouds
2a : a jeweled brooch representing a sun surrounded by rays
b : a design in the form of rays diverging from a central point

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The centerpiece of the home is the sunburst-style stone hearth that anchors the living room, while French doors open up to a flagstone patio and sprawling beachfront lawn. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Historic 1948 ‘hobbit house’ with lake views asks $2.75M," 23 July 2018 This beautiful model from 1948, finished in sunburst lacquer, is in excellent condition. WSJ, "Creative Director Magnus Berger’s Holiday Gift Guide: Fine Design," 18 Dec. 2018 Together with Suns shoes, Mahary has launched a limited-edition collection of sneakers with a distinctly Eritrean twist: a sunburst print inspired by a scarf Mahary picked up during her travels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How One Model Is Using Fashion’s Sneaker Obsession to Increase Electricity Access in East Africa," 19 Oct. 2018 The rings also come in gold, encrusted with gems and symbols like the evil eye or a sunburst. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "David Yurman Is Making Bright, Cheerful Pinkie Rings," 11 July 2018 Miss Dessert, which migrated to Arizona from Houston, is downright adorable, a bright and modern space with a soundtrack of everything pop, done up in vibrant hues with a mango sunburst for a logo. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in May: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 15 May 2018 The chef's kitchen brings a clean traditional ambience, with Thassos white marble countertops and a sunburst-style chandelier. Neal J. Leitereg,, "L.A King Dustin Brown heats up the Manhattan Beach home market," 14 Apr. 2018 Colored-glass windows — arranged as a grid over the entrance, as a ring of tumbling squares on one side of the building, and a sunburst on the other — would bend the light in different ways. M.h. Miller, New York Times, "Ellsworth Kelly’s Temple for Light," 8 Feb. 2018 Khrushchev again smiled, and his smile had the instantaneous effect of a sunburst of reassurance to anyone, American or Russian, listening to our exchange. Marvin Kalb, Time, "The Night Nikita Khrushchev Gave Me My Nickname," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sunburst

circa 1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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