sun·​shine | \ ˈsən-ˌshīn How to pronounce sunshine (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sunshine (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sunshine

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sunshine in a Sentence

Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Through rain, snow, sleet, and sunshine, the Corvette Z51 never fails to impress. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2022 Partial sunshine may also have some haze from wildfire smoke. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 In the bright-blue Mediterranean Sea, sitting just west of the better part of Italy is an island on which falls golden-yellow rays of luminous sunshine., 4 Aug. 2022 An area of high pressure sitting over the Great Lakes is creating bright sunshine. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 The actor stepped out in New York City on Sunday, July 31, armed with parasol to shield herself from the intense summer sunshine. Sam Reed, Glamour, 1 Aug. 2022 In recent months, the hottest markets have clustered in the sunshine state. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 July 2022 Anticipation was as ripe as the moist breeze and the bright sunshine that filled the air Wednesday evening as about 40 residents waited eagerly at Balduck Park to walk a mile with Detroit Police Chief James White. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2022 Yet in just an hour’s time Wednesday, the Great Lake morphed from churning white caps to serene waters, sparkling under sunshine. Carole Carlson, Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sydney Sweeney, Lucy Hale, and Jessica Alba have all been spotted wearing the classic black and white Chuck Taylors this year, and supermodel Gigi Hadid wore a sunshine yellow pair during Milan Fashion Week. Alex Warner,, 12 July 2022 This weekend will be the most comfortable with the relatively rare July combination of sunshine warm temperatures and low humidity. Dave Epstein,, 8 July 2022 About 80 degrees if clouds dominate, but above 90 is possible if sunshine dominates and rain chances evaporate. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 High pressure will bring sunshine and mild temperatures on Wednesday with highs in the 50s and lower 60s., 14 Mar. 2022 Our vacation goals were sunshine, beaches, poolside cabanas, great food, cocktails, and tropical atmosphere. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Jan. 2022 But there’s a flip side to this (can’t always be sunshine, especially with this team), and that has to do with WHY Reaves has looked so good. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 The Aztecs practice in the afternoon, where the sun can be intense during fall practice and into the season, so sunshine during games is nothing new to them. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2021 Other trendy colors were snubbed by homebuyers, including Pantone's Color of the Year — a sunshine yellow tint. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 22 July 2021 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Sunshine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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sun·​shine | \ ˈsən-ˌshīn How to pronounce sunshine (audio) \

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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