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

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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 Light winds, low humidity and plenty of sunshine will be the rule through Sunday. Dallas News, "Perfect Mother’s Day weekend weather," 9 May 2020 Stormy weather and lack of sunshine may have left your yard looking less than perfect. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Figure out a plan to organize, clean your home," 25 Apr. 2020 Goose Island released a new brew — specifically for Chicagoans — in hopes that those who imbibe will be sipping a little taste of sunshine while staying home in quarantine. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Goose Island Releases New Beer to Raise Money for Coronavirus Relief Efforts in Chicago," 24 Apr. 2020 But there may be a glimmer of sunshine during this dark period. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Fate of Ford F-150, Super Duty trucks depends on plant shredded by tornado," 22 Apr. 2020 And there's no better beam of sunshine than the Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt. Ineye Komonibo,, "Brad Pitt Generously Popped Out Of Quarantine To Make Us Laugh," 20 Apr. 2020 The San Joaquin Valley in the southern Central Valley, the state’s largest and most lucrative agricultural zone, had fertile soil and plenty of sunshine, but never enough water. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Droughts exposed California’s thirst for groundwater. Now, the state hopes to refill its aquifers," 16 Apr. 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer In the final moments of his group's signature song, a small ray of sunshine broke through the clouds from the west to shine upon Todd Pflug and his fellow members. Shelby Dermer,, "Heartland: The Movement Gathering offers ray of light to hospitals, patients in pandemic," 16 Apr. 2020 In the absence of open parks, some families convene on tiny patches of lawn in front of their buildings but most head up to the rooftops for air, exercise, and lots of sunshine. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Life in Coronavirus Quarantine: Stories From Paris, Umbria, and Tel Aviv," 13 Apr. 2020 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sunshine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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