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

Definition of sunrise

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web One security agent speculated in his congressional testimony that the sunrise had driven away the attackers. Fox News, 11 Sep. 2022 Plainsmen and sailors share a common pleasure in watching the sunrise and sharing it with nary a soul. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 28 Aug. 2022 Hundreds of us gathered on a grassy, wide open field to dance for hours, cover our skin in paint, meet the sunrise, and to continue the tradition of a people whose spirit could not be contained. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2022 The 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, was believed to have been resting while taking a video of the sunrise, police said. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 9 Aug. 2022 The photographer and personal trainer captured an image of the sunrise at Paul Revere Park on Saturday morning. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Craig Picariello headed with his camera to Manomet Point in Plymouth Sunday morning to capture the sunrise and, with a little luck, pictures of a whale or two. Globe Staff,, 18 July 2022 The sunset setting was warm and relaxing, and the sunrise was enough to rouse WIRED writer Matt Jancer out of bed without being blindingly bright. Medea Giordano, Wired, 13 July 2022 Vacationing families will appreciate that rooms come with sofa beds, and the panoramic tenth floor patio is ideal for watching the sunrise. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 10 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sunrise

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sunrise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for sunrise


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

Sunrise geographical name

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

Definition of Sunrise

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

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