sun·shine | \ˈsən-ˌshīn \

Definition of sunshine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the sun's light or direct rays

b : the warmth and light given by the sun's rays

c : a spot or surface on which the sun's light shines

2 : someone or something (such as a person, condition, or influence) that radiates warmth, cheer, or happiness



Definition of sunshine (Entry 2 of 2)

: forbidding or restricting closed meetings of legislative or executive bodies and sometimes providing for public access to records sunshine laws

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sunshiny \ˈsən-ˌshī-nē \ adjective

Synonyms for sunshine

Synonyms: Noun

sun, sunlight

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Examples of sunshine in a Sentence


Today's forecast calls for sunshine. Let's go out and enjoy the sunshine! She was the kind of person who brought sunshine into people's lives.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sunshine through the windows reminded me of Hinkle Fieldhouse during an afternoon game. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "An Indiana gym gem: Restoration of Pleasantville gym a pleasant surprise," 12 July 2018 Sometimes, the storm is there to clear the path for the sunshine. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Nicole Curtis Says She Will Keep Fighting for Her Family: ‘Sometimes the Storm Clears the Path’," 10 July 2018 The sunshine also spurred a lot of growth, with brush and wildflowers growing tall and tunneling the ridgeline hike until the Junior Pole. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 While getting some sunshine in Mykonos, Greece, Emily was spotted wearing an oversized straw hat that was literally bigger than the rest of her outfit combined. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Wears Oversized Straw Hat in Greece," 30 June 2018 The air was clean and the temperature brisk, with frequent intervals of cloudy, cool, windy and rainy weather interspersed with glorious bursts of sunshine. Doug Hansen,, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018 Lots of sunshine push highs to around 90 or even the low 90s. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Humidity to slowly return this week, but no extreme heat and low rain chances," 9 July 2018 It's been a ray of sunshine for her family to kind of be there with her and work with her. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Madison Heights Toys R Us employee on store's closing: 'I was devastated'," 3 July 2018 Wednesday Look for a lot of sunshine, with the temperature quickly rising into the 80s and peaking in the 90s in the afternoon. Dave Epstein,, "Steamy conditions will continue through Friday," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But states like Hawaii and parts of Arizona, as well as U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and Guam, have opted not to observe daylight saving time since those areas get sunshine year-round. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Daylight Saving Time Could Soon Be Year-Round in Florida," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sunshine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1972, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sunshine

: the sun's light or rays : warmth and light from the sun

: a feeling of happiness

—used as a form of address that can be either friendly or rude


sun·shine | \ˈsən-ˌshīn \

Kids Definition of sunshine

1 : the sun's light or direct rays : the warmth and light given by the sun's rays

2 : something that spreads warmth or happiness You are my sunshine.



Legal Definition of sunshine 

: forbidding or restricting closed meetings of legislative or executive bodies and sometimes providing for public access to government records sunshine laws — see also Freedom of Information Act

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to reject or criticize sharply

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