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


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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


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

On weekends, Gus wakes up before sunrise to play Minecraft or watch Minecraft videos. 3. Steve Brykman, Ars Technica, "Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft," 16 Dec. 2018 Fasting for Ramadan involves not eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 Parking and admission is free and the area is open every day from sunrise to sunset. Anne Dunlap,, "What I did on my summer staycation," 25 June 2018 The cease-fire, which took effect at midnight Thursday, marks the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when the faithful fast from sunrise to sunset. Washington Post, "Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief ‘significant’," 17 June 2018 The three-day holiday follows the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan when devout adherents fast from sunrise to sunset. Amir Shah,, "US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief, Afghan official says," 15 June 2018 RAMADAN FACTOR Friday's game was played a day after the end of Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast and refrain from drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset. Karel Janicek,, "Gimenez late goal secures Uruguay victory over Egypt," 15 June 2018 The heat spiked on May 18, just days after the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — during which all able-bodied Muslims are required to abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Looking for a Bit of Shade as Intense Heat Wave Hits Karachi," 29 May 2018 The holiest month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time when millions of Muslims abstain from all food and drink (yes, even water) from sunrise to sunset. Aamir Hussain, Houston Chronicle, "Commentary: Is fasting at Ramadan good for you?," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of sunrise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sunrise was in the 15th century

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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


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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