sunshine

noun
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

sunshine

adjective

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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Other Words from sunshine

Noun

sunshiny \ ˈsən-​ˌshī-​nē How to pronounce sunshiny (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sunshine

Synonyms: Noun

sun, sunlight

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On a wild day of weather even by Pebble Beach standards, sunshine gave way to a hail storm that covered the greens in a sheet of white in a matter of minutes. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble," 11 Feb. 2019 Infiniti showed off the Prototype 10 at the Quail, an ancillary show of exotic cars held on a Carmel-by-the-Sea property, where sunshine, champagne, and oysters are plentiful. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 Though the season's sunshine inevitably elicits a want of skin tinted bronze, the ubiquitous palette could do with some above-neck rivalry. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Makes the Case for Ditching Bronzer for Blush," 2 Aug. 2018 Temperatures in Doha that day were in the mid-90s, the sunshine felt oppressive, and the playing field was uncovered, open to all the elements. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 Its numerous seeds lurk on and in the soil for up to three years, germinating whenever the temperature rises above 55 degrees and sunshine reaches the moist soil. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 At a time of the year when sunshine is most intense, low overcast, rain and northeast winds held temperatures at early May levels, with daytime highs averaging 65 degrees Thursday and Friday. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Waterlogged city welcomes dry weekend weather," 23 June 2018 In the photo, Stefani stared at the camera with the sunshine beaming behind her, creating a halo-like effect. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Gwen Stefani Shows Off Her Natural Beauty as She Wears a Rare Minimal Makeup Look," 19 June 2018 The name reflects the kitchen’s love of California produce and artisan products, and the airy design brings to mind some of that Golden State sunshine. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants – from must-gos to field trips," 5 June 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

Noun

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

Adjective

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunshine was in the 14th century

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sunshine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunshine

: the sun's light or rays : warmth and light from the sun
informal : a feeling of happiness
British, informal used as a form of address that can be either friendly or rude

sunshine

noun
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.

sunshine

adjective
sun·​shine

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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