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[suhn-lahyt] /ˈsʌnˌlaɪt/
the light of the sun; sunshine.
Origin of sunlight
First recorded in 1175-1225, sunlight is from the Middle English word sonneliht. See sun, light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When she woke it was to a blaze of sunlight, but caught in the net of her closed curtains.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The ailanthus tree waved in the sunlight before the little house.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Either the sunlight or the shadow of the Republic must fall on her without intermission.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • But when we went back to the car he said to me that he would help me to get back into the sunlight.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Beneath them the sword blades of the tribesmen glinted in the sunlight.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for sunlight


the light emanating from the sun
an area or the time characterized by sunshine
Derived Forms
sunlit, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunlight

c.1200; see sun (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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