sunrise

noun
sun·​rise | \ ˈsən-ˌrīz How to pronounce sunrise (audio) \

Definition of sunrise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the apparent rising of the sun above the horizon also : the accompanying atmospheric effects
2 : the time when the upper limb of the sun appears above the horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the earth

Sunrise

geographical name
Sun·​rise | \ ˈsən-ˌrīz How to pronounce Sunrise (audio) \

Definition of Sunrise (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southeastern Florida west of Fort Lauderdale population 84,439

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sunrise

Synonyms: Noun

aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daybreak, daylight, light, morn, morning, sun, sunup

Antonyms: Noun

nightfall, sundown, sunset

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Examples of sunrise in a Sentence

Noun

We were up before sunrise. We worked from sunrise to sunset. We watched the sunrise from the beach. the pink light of sunrise
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most ski resorts offer lift rides to the top for sunrise, sunset or just to take in the great views. Washington Post, "Ski resorts not just for winter anymore," 3 July 2019 Makapuu Beach Why go: Stunning sunrises, lava rocks, body surfing and surfing. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Move over, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay. Here are 10 must-see beaches on Oahu," 19 June 2019 Rise early to photograph the tree at sunrise, set against a backdrop of snowy peaks. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 There was 616: sunrise, 408: dry hump, 405/1: fish head tom, and 405/2: fish head tom sinking. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 Just after sunrise, the streets surrounding Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace were already bustling with millions of well-wishes, each hoping to catch a glimpse of William and Kate's special day. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Almost Didn't Take Their Most Iconic Wedding Photograph," 28 Apr. 2019 Facundo Menossi, who leads horse tours at sunrise, sunset, and under the full moon through the locality and the park, is a typical story. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 High pressure over the upper Great Lakes will ridge southeastward into Connecticut on Monday bringing a partly sunny sky and comfortable humidity as the dew point drops from near 60 degrees around sunrise to the mid-50s by the late morning. courant.com, "Weather for Monday, June 17," 17 June 2019 Travelers who are looking to crank up their adrenaline instead can go for a sunrise hot air balloon ride or rent four-wheelers to tackle the hills outside town. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of sunrise

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sunrise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunrise

: the time when the sun appears above the horizon in the morning : dawn or daybreak
: the colors that are in the sky when the sun slowly appears above the horizon

sunrise

noun
sun·​rise | \ ˈsən-ˌrīz How to pronounce sunrise (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunrise

1 : the apparent rise of the sun above the horizon
2 : the light and color of the rise of the sun above the horizon
3 : the time at which the sun rises

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