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 sunshiny (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sunshine

Synonyms: Noun

sun, sunlight

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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

When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m. Friday, they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Federer outlasts Rafael Nadal, advances to Wimbledon men’s final," 12 July 2019 When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m. Friday, they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "Eleven years after epic, Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semis," 12 July 2019 When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m., they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semifinals," 12 July 2019 After two seasons of spooky Halloween adventures, Stranger Things turned up the heat with a full season set in the Hawkins summertime sunshine. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Stranger Things season 3 soundtrack makes the perfect '80s playlist: Listen to the best songs," 5 July 2019 Also camping and being outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine. Jess Grey, WIRED, "25 of the Best Sales and Deals for the Long July 4th Weekend," 4 July 2019 The serene, adults-only Oasis Pool is just the spot to experience tranquility along with the sunshine. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Discover the best places to chill out poolside at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa," 1 July 2019 The early sunshine catapults us toward the mid-90s or so, with palpable (fairly high) mugginess. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heat wave peaks today and tomorrow, plus some more storms may threaten as well," 28 June 2019 Swap in creamy ceramic lamps for warm lighting at night, and sheer curtains to let the sunshine in during the day. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This Four-Poster Bed Will Totally Transform Your Bedroom," 27 June 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

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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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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