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 Trails open a half-hour before sunrise and close a half-hour after sunset. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 The storms will cross the Red River after midnight, and move into North Texas before sunrise. Dallas News, 10 July 2021 Before sunrise, Bey also told the group not to answer any questions from authorities., 7 July 2021 Take a pair of binoculars and scan the southeast horizon just before sunrise. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 5 July 2021 If, on the weekend following the teal season, a two-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt is held with shooting hours beginning a half-hour before sunrise to sunset ... Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Got the last parking slot at the trailhead before sunrise. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 18 June 2021 Adventurer Cyril Derreumaux left San Francisco in a kayak just before sunrise on May 31 to start a 70-day solo journey to Honolulu, Hawaii, according to SF Gate. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 7 June 2021 Minneapolis Public Works crews began arriving before sunrise, according to video shared on Instagram by Marcia Howard, a teacher and caretaker of the square. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of sunrise


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2021

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“Sunrise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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