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 sunshiny (audio) \ 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 capsule collection is centered around being at the local pool, and while monsters are a frequent resident of Hawkins, this collection is all about taking a moment to enjoy the sunshine. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "H&M Plans to Debut a “Stranger Things” Capsule Collection," 9 May 2019 Wisteria trees need tons of sunshine—at least 6 hours a day of it. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Home Depot is Selling Wisteria Trees You Can Plant in Your Backyard—For Just $23," 16 Apr. 2019 That’s not to say that a toddler’s beauty routine is all sunshine and fragrance-free perfume. Jen Gann, The Cut, "I Love Taking Care of My Toddler’s Face Because I’m Tired of Mine," 24 Apr. 2018 Despite its overall ethereal beauty, the tale is not all sunshine and roses, Lau said. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "The inspiring songs of the ‘Nightingale’ at ROCO," 4 Apr. 2018 Things aren't all sunshine and rainbows right now for former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. Katina Beniaris, Country Living, "LeVar Burton Is Being Sued Over 'Reading Rainbow'," 11 Aug. 2017 On Mount Vernon Avenue, black-power and MLK posters bloomed like crocuses in the spring sunshine. David M. Shribman, WSJ, "‘Tigerland’ Review: Playing the Game Their Way," 18 Jan. 2019 Euro 96, Paul Gascoigne’s goal against Scotland, the 4-1 win over the Dutch, Stuart Pearce’s redemptive penalty against Spain, all that singing together in the sunshine, the sense of England as a better, more welcoming place, was part of that. Jonathan Wilson,, "England's World Cup Run, Southgate Represent More for a Nation in Political Upheaval," 12 July 2018 Nerves and serves were severely tested in the afternoon sunshine, but Anderson, a 32-year-old who has cracked at such moments in the past, was the one who held firmest this time. Christopher Clarey,, "Roger Federer eliminated at Wimbledon," 11 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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The first known use of sunshine was in the 14th century

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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


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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