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

On these days however the Earth’s axis is neither tilted away nor toward the sun, and both northern and southern hemispheres experience equal amounts of sunshine. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See Neptune at its best and more top stargazing in September," 1 Sep. 2019 Our most popular recipes are the kind of fare to enjoy with seasonal ingredients and plenty of sunshine. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "These are the 5 recipes our readers loved most this week," 30 Aug. 2019 Gougères contain chicken mousse engineered to gush; a cylinder of pastry encases near-liquid tomato tartare, a one-bite burst of sunshine. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 There won’t be any further disparity through at least the first half of the weekend, since everyone will be enjoying plenty of sunshine., "Plenty of sunshine for first half of weekend," 28 Aug. 2019 Temperatures will be slowly decreasing throughout the weekend with readings only approaching 80 on Saturday, but with plenty of sunshine. Dave Epstein,, "Downpours hit before you head to the beach for Labor Day weekend," 28 Aug. 2019 After the early morning rain ended, the promise of sunshine lured us outdoors. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: Meeting sensory challenges head-on," 25 Aug. 2019 That’s according to an analysis of historical weather data by the weather website Current Results, which determined that from June to September, Sacramento averages between 11.6 hours and 14 full hours of sunshine each and every day. David Ferry,, "Is Sacramento really the sunniest place on Earth?," 23 Aug. 2019 Rain chances diminish Tuesday, followed by a few days of sunshine before a possibly rainy weekend. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "‘Cool’ front to bring rain to Houston, low temps in the 60s," 22 July 2019

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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