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 anolini—large, flat sunbursts—are stuffed with beef, pork, and salumi, and covered in a glossy Parmigiano cream. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Rezdôra Brings Northern Italy to New York City," 9 Aug. 2019 Each of the family members sits in front of a sunburst made of knives as they are interrogated. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Watch: the first trailer for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out tips its hat to Agatha Christie," 2 July 2019 The most common patterns are various riffs on square motifs, though more unconventional takes, like sunbursts or medallions, also count. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 From the moment Dani, Christian and the rest pass through the settlement’s sunburst gate, everything from the green hills girdling the compound to the flowing choreography contributes to the slow-growing, inexorable sense of entrapment. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 Religious symbols such as the IHS sunburst, a chalice, the Eye of God, wheat and grapes, and the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts are spaced out along the street. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 22 June 2019 To get there, the group drives four hours from Stockholm, hikes through the woods, and finally emerges into the clearing through a wooden gate that resembles a sunburst. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar is a brutish, nasty daylight nightmare from the director of Hereditary," 20 June 2019 Annual Calendar with Flyback Chronograph features a self-winding, mechanical movement and sunburst dial in a 42mm case of 18-karat rose gold; $65,770, at Patek Philippe at Geary’s, Beverly Hills, and Wempe Jewelers, New York. 2. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Father's Day Gift Guide: Top Choices for Execs, Stars, Agents, Writers and Directors," 7 June 2019 The big Walmart sunburst logo is on the back of the vest and trims the deeper front pockets. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart employees to ditch the blue vest for a redesigned fashionable version," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of sunburst

circa 1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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