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

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

Likewise, Maui’s popular Haleakala, where tourists view a spectacular sunrise, now requires reservations. Heidi Chang, Los Angeles Times, "In danger of being overrun, some places are trying to manage tourism. Here’s how," 10 Aug. 2019 Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum's Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater & Planetarium, recommends viewing the Perseids a few hours before sunrise, around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. this weekend. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perseid meteor shower won't be great this year, but this weekend could be good for viewing shooting stars," 7 Aug. 2019 Opening against a blazing orange sunrise, the film is set to music by Duke Ellington. John Williams,, "D.A. Pennebaker, pioneer of cinéma vérité in America, 94," 4 Aug. 2019 Opening against a blazing orange sunrise, the film is set to music by Duke Ellington. John Williams, New York Times, "D.A. Pennebaker, Pioneer of Cinéma Vérité in America, Dies at 94," 3 Aug. 2019 The sight arrived like the jolt of a sunrise, predictable yet startling. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Jump in the lake. Catch a firefly. Eat breakfast outdoors. It’s not too late to enjoy summer.," 2 Aug. 2019 On August 9, look for the planet in the east about 30 minutes before your local sunrise, sweeping the area with binoculars first to pinpoint Mercury’s exact location. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Perseids peak, and more top stargazing events in August," 1 Aug. 2019 MyKayla Skinner's bright orange-and-pink leotard, reminiscent of a summer sunrise, stood out against the backdrop of blue mats and deep red seats Friday at the KFC Yum Center. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Gymnast MyKayla Skinner reignites Olympic hopes in Louisville," 19 July 2019 For those of you on the East Coast who can't wait for sunrise to watch the new season, be sure to set your alarm for 3 a.m. EST. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Watch Stranger Things Season 3 Online," 3 July 2019

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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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