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

Monday's forecast calls for sunshine with a high near 80 and northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon, according to the weather service. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands lose power as severe storms hit southeast Wisconsin," 1 July 2018 Representatives from the Bruins, Lightning, Sharks and Stars each made pilgrimages too, attempting to sell Tavares on sunshine or cold cash, immediate hopes or future plans, this or that. Alex Prewitt,, "In Joining an Up-and-Coming Maple Leafs Squad, John Tavares Gets to Live Out His Dream," 2 July 2018 The street-level entrances have been open to the fog, rain, wind and occasional sunshine since late 1973, when BART opened its Market Street Subway stations. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Something new coming to BART’s Market Street stations. Patience required," 27 June 2018 In June the region’s thoughts typically turn to vacations, ice-cold drinks, and warm sunshine kissing the skin. Michaelle Bond,, "Chesco residents win snow-shoveling case, just in time for summer," 7 June 2018 The husband spoke with a mid-Atlantic accent, like a Roosevelt or George Plimpton, but claimed his family settled in central Florida at some point during the early 20th century, lured by all the warm air and sunshine promises of a better life. Jason Diamond, Bon Appetit, "The Ravenous Pig Is Orlando’s Mickey Mouse-Free Restaurant Oasis," 6 June 2018 Children, liberated from classrooms and homework, are released outdoors and nourished by fresh air and sunshine. Ellen Handler Spitz, New York Times, "What Should Your Kid Read This Summer? Here Are Three to Start With," 1 June 2018 Our extreme summer heat and abundant sunshine can speed up the deterioration causing tires to fail. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "ADOT, DPS warn Phoenix area drivers to look out for "gators"," 30 May 2018 The new Coat of Arms honors Meghan's Californian heritage, featuring both a blue background and golden rays to signify the sea and sunshine of her home state. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Wedding Moment That Proves Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Equals," 26 May 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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