sun·​shine | \ ˈsən-ˌshīn How to pronounce sunshine (audio) \

Definition of sunshine

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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 Nothing made her happier than enjoying the warm sunshine no matter what the season., "Patricia M. Fradette," 25 Oct. 2019 Ascend the staircase and enjoy more sunshine from the skylights overhead, as you are connected to the two en suite bedrooms. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A rare opportunity to live in the highly desired Sandpiper Cove development of Harbor Bay in Alameda," 23 Sep. 2019 From $316 round-trip, on JetBlue A Labor Day trip to Florida is all about getting outdoors and soaking up the sunshine. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Cheap Flights for Labor Day Weekend to Book Right Now," 16 Aug. 2019 And then Comrade Stalin helped us to break that cold layer and climb out into the sunshine. . . Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 The cooler temperatures and — finally! — lower humidity bring everyone out into the sunshine to enjoy everything the area has to offer. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, "Fall for Paradise Coast: 6 things to add to your autumn itinerary this season," 13 Aug. 2019 In formal detention, Yang would be allowed to mix with other inmates, watch television and go outside into the sunshine twice a day, Feng said. Washington Post, "Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer," 19 July 2019 Favorable climate Known for its hot summers, mild winters, and cloudless skies, Cyprus receives more than 300 days of sunshine annually. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Move over, Greece: Cyprus is the next big under-the-radar vacation destination," 17 Nov. 2019 Despite large doses of sunshine, Boston did not make it above 33 degrees Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 36 degrees set in 1874, the weather service said., "Boston broke a record Wednesday, recording the coldest high temperature ever for Nov. 13, according to the National Weather Service.," 13 Nov. 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Sunshine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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