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 sunshine (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sunshine

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Before the concert, the cows were scattered across the field, munching grass in the bright sunshine and nursing their newborn calves. Lisa Abend New York Times, Star Tribune, "When the cellos play, the cows come home," 7 May 2021 This scenic hideaway is the ideal spot for enjoying casual al fresco meals in the sunshine this summer and innovative cocktails like Avocado Bellini, Whisky Colada and Barrel Aged Coconut Manhattan. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, "London’s Best Outdoor Dining: Beach Huts, Firepits, Rooftops And Pods," 4 May 2021 Glistening in the sunshine, a catfish, on the end of the man’s line, was hauled out of the water. Washington Post, "We had long, bright hours to enjoy May Day and its symbolism," 2 May 2021 Before the concert, the cows had been scattered across the field, munching grass in the bright sunshine and nursing their newborn calves. New York Times, "When the Cellos Play, the Cows Come Home," 28 Apr. 2021 Several Boston-area breweries have already reopened their outdoor patios for the season, welcoming visitors to sip on cold, frothy beers in the spring sunshine. BostonGlobe.com, "Normal-ish life is making its long-awaited return to Boston. Here are a dozen things to look forward to this spring," 28 Apr. 2021 The infinity pool glistened in the coastal sunshine. Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ draft house missing only coach, general manager and first-round pick again," 27 Apr. 2021 Friday’s protest appeared to be the biggest yet, with fans basking in the sunshine outside Emirates Stadium, many with beer cans in hand. Frank Griffiths, chicagotribune.com, "Arsenal fans protest recent Super League debacle and call for owner Stan Kroenke to sell the team," 23 Apr. 2021 Friday's protest appeared to be the biggest yet, with fans basking in the sunshine outside Emirates Stadium, many with beer cans in hand. Frank Griffiths, ajc, "Arsenal fans protest against owner for Super League debacle," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fronting a sunshine pop band wasn't really his scene. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "Van Halen, Doobie Brothers producer Ted Templeman reflects on Platinum life," 9 Nov. 2020 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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16 May 2021

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“Sunshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunshine. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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