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sunshine

[suhn-shahyn] /ˈsʌnˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
2.
brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
3.
a source of cheer or happiness.
4.
the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
5.
a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
adjective
6.
of or relating to sunshine laws:
sunshine rules.
7.
fair-weather (def 2).
Origin of sunshine
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English sunnesin; see sun, shine1
Related forms
sunshineless, adjective
sunshiny, adjective
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  • It is like a parting burst of sunshine at the end of a day of tempest.

  • It is like coming out of a foetid cave into the evening sunshine.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Give a little every day that there is sunshine, if it is only for a few minutes.

  • She let him have his own way now about being out in the sunshine.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Maybe you couldn't blame them, spinning in the sunshine like insects of a day.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for sunshine

sunshine

/ˈsʌnˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
the light received directly from the sun
2.
the warmth from the sun
3.
a sunny area
4.
a light-hearted or ironic term of address
Derived Forms
sunshiny, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunshine
n.

mid-13c., from sun (n.) + shine (n.). Sunshine law in reference to U.S. open meeting legislation is recorded from 1972, from the notion of shining the light of public access on deliberations formerly held behind closed doors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sunshine

sunshine

noun

lsd, esp taken as an orange tablet; acid, orange sunshine: powerful as a tab of ''sunshine'' dropped before you step in the cab

Related Terms

yellow sunshine

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr the yellow orange color]

Sunshine

noun

Term of address for a sour person (1913+)

Related Terms

orange sunshine

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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