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 Expect plenty of sunshine today, with highs in the upper 60s. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine on why ‘everybody went crazy’ and how in a pandemic the worst thing to be is late: The Wake Up for Monday, Sept. 21, 2020," 21 Sep. 2020 It's been a decade since Emma Stone and her pocketful of sunshine graced the big screen in Easy A — a comedic, contemporary take on The Scarlet Letter — which cemented the future Oscar winner's movie-star status. Lauren Huff,, "Easy A turns 10: Director Will Gluck breaks down the film's outrageous fake sex scene," 18 Sep. 2020 The one thing some may not see is a lot of sunshine. Leigh Morgan, al, "Finally! A taste of fall will be in the air this weekend," 18 Sep. 2020 But once these storms are clear, the city should see a few days of sunshine. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Thunderstorms and possible minor flooding tonight, then sunny days ahead," 13 Sep. 2020 Grow seedlings of herbs such as chervil, dill, and watercress in well-draining soil in a location that receives four to six hours of sunshine. Sunset Magazine, "50+ Things to Do in Your Garden Now," 10 Sep. 2020 This way, guests can enjoy the California sunshine on their way to a three-night, socially distanced stay. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Airbnb Is Giving Away $1 Stays in Two of Its Most Breathtaking Tiny Houses — With a Car Rental," 9 Sep. 2020 Your Sunday forecast will be a near repeat of Saturday with plenty of sunshine and a light southeast breeze. Dallas News, "Quiet weather to end the weekend," 23 Aug. 2020 Lots of sunshine will push highs into the mid-80s, but the humidity will remain low, with dew points in the low 60s. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Lovely weather stretches into Labor Day.," 6 Sep. 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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“Sunshine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 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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