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

But the doughnuts, made with Greek yogurt, have this moist, incredible crumb and tangy lemon glaze, are pure sunshine. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make a Huge Pie This Weekend," 22 June 2019 When will a ray of sunshine pierce the cloud of money? David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Jeffrey Epstein’s scandal of secrecy points to a creeping rot in the American justice system," 19 June 2019 As the front passes offshore in the afternoon there will be some sunshine developing, especially in the interior portion of the state. courant.com, "Humidity levels will be noticeably higher," 5 June 2019 There's sunshine in the forecast for the next week. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Goodbye Boston Store, selfie-free zones and a new brewery opening," 18 Apr. 2018 Thank you for bringing a lot of sunshine into my life. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Nikki Bella Says Artem Chigvintsev ‘Makes My Heart Smile’ in Loving Birthday Tribute," 12 June 2019 And while high temperatures will be in the 80s through the week and weekend, sunshine will be hard to come by. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Enjoy today's sunny skies while you can, Louisville. 6 days of rain are ahead," 4 June 2019 Tsuda said, reporting that the craft had been able to adjust both its course and its orientation by navigating into the wind of sunshine. NBC News, "Spacecraft that sail on sunshine could be the next big thing in spaceflight," 3 June 2019 Because honestly, there's no sense in trying to nurture cacti when your north-facing window gets an hour of sunshine each day. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 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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