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

Definition of sunlit

: lighted by or as if by the sun

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Still, on a sunlit autumn day, many Afghans in the capital were determined to have a say in their future. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Afghans Cast Votes Amid Deadly Violence," 20 Oct. 2018 The effort to maintain her milk supply was the price Levine, now 32, paid for four days of sunlit palapas, stand-up paddleboarding, and fresh watermelon juice—without her 10-month-old son. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive That First Trip Away from Your Baby," 3 Dec. 2018 The changing hues are necessary to try to persuade us, in this giant revisionist footnote of a show, that the sunlit Surrealism and Fauvist vache paintings are undeservedly underrated. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘René Magritte: The Fifth Season’ Review: Where Day and Night Meet," 11 June 2018 The company claims the laptops' 1080p displays—which can reach 1,000 nits of brightness for viewing in bright, sunlit environments—have improved color gamut compared to previous models. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Dell tries to make durable laptops more modern with updated Latitude rugged line," 23 Oct. 2018 The planet appears and disappears in the night sky, sometimes slipping into the sunlit sky and becoming invisible. Meghan Bartels,, "Who Discovered Mars, Anyway? A Look Back at the History of the Red Planet," 27 July 2018 The atelier is a small-but-sunlit two-room studio, and Zaldy and his three assistants use the space economically. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Zaldy Is the Designer RuPaul Wouldn’t Go Anywhere Without," 28 June 2018 The blockchain pointed the way to the sunlit uplands of a genuinely decentralized world. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Leave No Trace opens in the sunlit woods, the warm green tones in sympathy with Will and Tom's affection as they forage for food. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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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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