sun·rise | \ˈsən-ˌrīz \

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 \

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

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

Park hours are from sunrise to 10 p.m., and there is a $5 entrance fee per car. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's summer; why not take a paddleboard for a spin? They're now available for rent at Menomonee Park, along with bikes and boats," 3 July 2018 To arrive at the El Paraiso water-filling station in Caracas by sunrise, Rigoberto Sanchez wakes before 4 a.m. Hours later, his tanker is in a slow-moving line with a dozen others. Patricia Laya,, "The Army Took Over the Spigots, Forcing Thirsty Venezuelans to Pay," 25 June 2018 Both official and volunteer rescue boats searched from sunrise to sunset every day until Rubio's body was found at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Body of missing Idaho teen found in Snake River," 25 June 2018 The moisture should be cleared out by sunrise Monday, Correia said. Sean Smyth,, "Thunderstorms could develop Sunday afternoon," 24 June 2018 Knowing that Sidi would arrive during the month of Ramadan, a period of fasting for Muslims from sunrise to sunset each day, the President ordered that the State Dinner be rescheduled to take place precisely at sunset. Fez Zafar, Teen Vogue, "Why I Started the American Iftar Dinner," 5 June 2018 During Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset. Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Muslims roast MAC Cosmetics for suhoor makeup tutorial video," 26 May 2018 Paley Park; 3 East 52rd Street The beauty of this park can be enjoyed from sunrise until the wee hours of the morning. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 Secret Gardens Where You Can Find Reprieve in New York City," 22 May 2018 By sunrise, 53 people registered Wednesday morning to wait outside Chick-Fil-A’s new restaurant in Oviedo for the next 24 hours with the promise of a year of free chicken sandwich meals. Kyle Arnold,, "Camping out for sandwiches? Dozens plan to wait overnight in Oviedo for free Chick-fil-A," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of sunrise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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