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 One advantage solar power has over many other low-carbon technologies is that most of the U.S. has lots of sunshine. Joshua D. Rhodes, The Conversation, 10 Sep. 2021 While bright sunshine Saturday dried the streets of Zhengzhou, many communities in northern Henan province continued to face high water. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 While bright sunshine on Saturday dried the streets of Zhengzhou, many communities in northern Henan Province continued to face high water. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 24 July 2021 State parks and beaches started filling up fast Saturday as visitors flocked to the outdoors to enjoy the day’s bright sunshine, forcing nearly a dozen to close, their parking lots reaching capacity. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 24 July 2021 The wind didn't get above 10 mph and a cloudless sky with bright sunshine looked sure to bring another day of low scoring. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 The pin positions — rather than the weather — proved to be the greatest defense at Royal St. George’s on a day when the wind didn’t get above 10 mph and a cloudless sky with bright sunshine looked sure to bring more low scoring. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2021 The wind didn't get above 10 mph and a cloudless sky with bright sunshine looked sure to bring another day of low scoring. Steve Douglas, ajc, 17 July 2021 Among the coolest spots in the Bay Area was Baker Beach in San Francisco, where the temperature lingered in the 70s and a sea of blankets, towels and giant umbrellas sprouted up in the bright sunshine just west of the Golden Gate Bridge. Michael Cabanatuan, Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other trendy colors were snubbed by homebuyers, including Pantone's Color of the Year — a sunshine yellow tint. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 22 July 2021 Fronting a sunshine pop band wasn't really his scene. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, 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, 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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13 Sep 2021

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“Sunshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunshine. Accessed 16 Sep. 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
: a feeling of happiness
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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