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Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a often capitalized : the luminous celestial body around which the earth and other planets revolve, from which they receive heat and light, which is composed mainly of hydrogen and helium, and which has a mean distance from earth of about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 kilometers), a linear diameter of 864,000 miles (1,390,000 kilometers), and a mass 332,000 times greater than earth
b : a celestial body like the sun : star
2 : the heat or light radiated from the sun played in the sun all day
3 : one resembling the sun (as in warmth or brilliance)
4 : the rising or setting of the sun from sun to sun
in the sun
: in the public eye
under the sun
: in the world : on earth


sunned; sunning

Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to expose to or as if to the rays of the sun

intransitive verb

: to sun oneself

Definition of Sun (Entry 3 of 3)


Synonyms for sun

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sun in a Sentence

Noun The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. the warmth of the sun's rays They dream of traveling to distant suns. Try to keep out of the sun. The cat lay basking in the sun. Verb People sunned themselves on the hillside. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, there are also items left from the retailer’s winter and spring lineups, offering a chance to prepare for the colder days ahead after a summer in the sun. Frances Solá-santiago,, 23 June 2022 Summer is officially in full swing, and Kelsea Ballerini is enjoying her time in the sun. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2022 If your ideal summer involves outdoor movie nights (one reviewer's favorite use), al fresco dining on the patio with your partner, or plenty of reading in the sun, buyers all vouch for this daybed as a great solution. Annie Burdick,, 23 June 2022 Graham lost Michael Turner's fly ball in the sun and the hit fell for a double to score Webb, who opened the inning with a single, and cut Arkansas' deficit to 2-1 in the first. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 22 June 2022 Sun protection: Nothing saps morale faster than frying in the sun. Outside Online, 21 June 2022 Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi performed with high energy, revitalizing the fans who’d been standing in the sun for an hour. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2022 For those who’ve spent too much time in the sun, a cucumber melon Swedish massage at the spa relieves both the skin and stress. Anna Haines, Forbes, 20 June 2022 The early morning is the best time to water, so the leaves can dry in the sun. Carol Stocker,, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Top down, sun on your face and wind in your hair makes the cockpit of this new M Convertible a lovely place to be. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 On May 24, 2007, a few weeks after his first confirmed sighting in more than a year, Reggie crawled out of the water to sun himself on a bank just inside the chain-link fence. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 This white sand beach is a great place to swim and sun on repeat. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 The National Weather Service says afternoon skies will be a mix of clouds and sun with a high of 65 by late afternoon, cooling a bit from Sunday’s 70 degree high. oregonlive, 16 May 2022 With the blistering Alabama sun beaming down on them, the crowd at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge was growing restless. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 After cleansing, make sure to apply the proper sunscreen since BHAs make your skin more prone to sun damage and irritation. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Dowell knows where there is an eagles nest across the river, or the call of the sandhill cranes that have been flying overhead the last couple days, or the spots where the turtles like to sun on the banks. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Mar. 2022 On Tuesday there will be a mixture of clouds and sun with high temperatures in the mid 60s. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sun


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sun


Middle English sunne, from Old English; akin to Old High German sunna sun, Latin sol — more at solar

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\ ˈsən How to pronounce sun (audio) \

Kids Definition of sun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the heavenly body in our solar system whose light makes our day and around which the planets revolve
2 : sunshine sense 1 I'm going outside to get some sun.
3 : a heavenly body like our sun


sunned; sunning

Kids Definition of sun (Entry 2 of 3)

: to expose to or lie or sit in the rays of the sun



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