sun·​lit | \ ˈsən-ˌlit How to pronounce sunlit (audio) \

Definition of sunlit

: lighted by or as if by the sun

Examples of sunlit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Africa, studies have found little association between malaria and deforestation—perhaps because the mosquito species there like to breed in sunlit bodies of water and favor open farmland over shady forest areas. National Geographic, "Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans," 22 Nov. 2019 In the initial test, in the Cheju area of southern Zanzibar, the drone flew over and sprayed the shallow, sunlit water bodies in the rice paddies teeming with mosquito larvae, which were trapped as the gel spread across the water. Washington Post, "Zanzibar tests drones spraying rice fields to fight malaria," 5 Nov. 2019 Each dive serves up new wonders: a manta swooping overhead, a solitary dolphin rolling around playfully on a reef, giant schools of snapper and fusiliers whirling around us like tornadoes, venomous sea kraits wafting through sunlit water. National Geographic, "Three by sea: Life-changing tales from female travelers," 14 Nov. 2019 Summer—in its round-the-clock sunlit glory—is low season in this part of Norway. Mallory Farrugia, Vogue, "Why Your Next Summer Getaway Should Be Above the Arctic Circle," 14 Nov. 2019 Sometime later the Kims will stand before a much larger window, as big and beautiful as a cinema screen, in an enormous house with a gorgeous sunlit garden. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019 From impromptu grooves to languid, sunlit selfies, this week's most noteworthy beauty Instagrams featured going-with-the-flow themes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, and More," 1 July 2018 And in a country where people die every day from suicide bombers or roadside bombs, a new life begins almost every hour inside the center’s sunlit wards. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 That decade had been a golden age for white settlers drawn from the deprivations of postwar Britain to the sunlit uplands of a distant colonial outpost. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Mugabe’s Reign Began With Bob Marley and Good Schools. Despotism Soon Followed.," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sunlit

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunlit was in 1784

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29 Dec 2019

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“Sunlit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sunlit

: lighted by the sun


sun·​lit | \ ˈsən-ˌlit How to pronounce sunlit (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunlit

: lighted by the sun sunlit fields

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