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

Definition of sunrise

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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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Find it in the morning heavens before sunrise, in the east. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: What’s happening in the heavens in August," 1 Aug. 2020 Ramadan is a season of reflection for Muslims around the world and each day is bookended with two distinct meals; the first, hurriedly eaten before sunrise and the second, leisurely shared between families after sunset. TheWeek, "Meet the Syrian refugee who inspires entrepreneurship in Jordan," 1 Aug. 2020 The five planets and crescent moon will simultaneously be visible to the naked eye 45 minutes before sunrise on Sunday, July 19, astronomy educator Dr. Jeffrey Hunt wrote in a blog post. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "The Moon and Five Planets Will Be Visible Without a Telescope on July 19," 14 July 2020 For example, Denver’s largest Easter gathering, typically held at sunrise at Red Rocks Amphitheater, has been canceled. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "2020 Easter services switch from sunrise gatherings to private moments at home," 11 Apr. 2020 After opening day, hunting is allowed from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Frank Sargeant, al, "Potential Alabama State Record for Blue Marlin Caught out of Orange Beach," 12 July 2020 Testing sites are overrun in Phoenix, with long lines begin before sunrise. David Begnaud, CBS News, "California, Florida and Texas report highest daily coronavirus death tolls," 9 July 2020 Another of the robbers had a gun, a police captain said in a report on the incident, which occurred shortly before sunrise, on Seventh Street NE, near the H Street corridor. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Attacker wields tennis racket in Capitol Hill robbery, police account says," 8 July 2020 Ruddy Mars is best seen in the southern sky before sunrise. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, "This new book is a guide for you to explore the universe," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of sunrise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sunrise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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