sunshine

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noun

sun·​shine ˈsən-ˌshīn How to pronounce sunshine (audio)
1
a
: 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
3
sunshiny adjective

sunshine

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adjective

: forbidding or restricting closed meetings of legislative or executive bodies and sometimes providing for public access to records
sunshine laws

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Naomi announced the couple's engagement in September of 2021 on Instagram with a selfie photograph of the pair posing in the sunshine. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2022 Tons of clever lighting allow everything from the pool and hot tub to the covered porch to be used at night as well as in the sunshine. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 15 Nov. 2022 The next morning, all the couples are happily canoodling in the sunshine, enjoying a brief moment of calm. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 1 Nov. 2022 Clunkers clustered outside the mechanic’s garage basked in the sunshine. Adali Schell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 The couple stood on the steps to Sullivan’s entrance later Saturday morning, hugging and bantering together in the sunshine. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2022 Some people notice their psoriasis improves in the sunshine; others notice gluten sends them spiraling toward flare-ups. Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 16 Sep. 2022 Viral transmission is enhanced by the low humidity of the indoor environment during the winter as well as by the decline in sunshine and its sterilizing ultraviolet radiation, Shaman said. Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2022 The starters were out in the sunshine for the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday morning at Saint Thomas Sports Park, the Tennessee Titans' football facility. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2022
Adjective
The sky will clear overnight then high pressure will bring sunshine Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures near 70 Wednesday and in the 60s on Thursday. Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 Opening day will come again, maybe the next one will be sunshine. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2022 Hailey knows she's got style — from her sunshine bikinis to white mini skirts and motorcycle jackets, the Rhode founder offers no shortage of fashion inspo. Seventeen, 15 Aug. 2022 Sydney Sweeney, Lucy Hale, and Jessica Alba have all been spotted wearing the classic black and white Chuck Taylors this year, and supermodel Gigi Hadid wore a sunshine yellow pair during Milan Fashion Week. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 This weekend will be the most comfortable with the relatively rare July combination of sunshine warm temperatures and low humidity. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2022 About 80 degrees if clouds dominate, but above 90 is possible if sunshine dominates and rain chances evaporate. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 High pressure will bring sunshine and mild temperatures on Wednesday with highs in the 50s and lower 60s. courant.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Our vacation goals were sunshine, beaches, poolside cabanas, great food, cocktails, and tropical atmosphere. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunshine was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sunshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunshine. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

sunshine

noun

sun·​shine
-ˌshīn
1
a
: the sun's light or direct rays
b
: the warmth and light given by the sun's rays
2
: one (as a person or a condition) that spreads warmth, cheer, or happiness
sunshiny
-ˌshī-nē
adjective

Legal Definition

sunshine

adjective

sun·​shine
: 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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