- the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
- brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
- a source of cheer or happiness.
- the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
- a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.
- of or relating to sunshine laws: sunshine rules.
- fair-weather(def 2).
Origin of sunshine
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Examples from the Web for sunshine
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
Clinton is further back in history, and there is a perception that back then everything was rainbows and sunshine and gumdrops.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field
December 16, 2014
He pauses, absorbing the sunshine streaming into his garden.Anime King Hayao Miyazaki’s Cursed Dreams
December 2, 2014
Conservative columnist George Will calls him a “cherubic 40-year-old…a human beam of sunshine.”With Ernst and Gardner, Republicans Think They’ve Found the Formula
November 4, 2014
It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
September 19, 2014
There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Land of the sunshine, the deep blue sky, and snow-topped hills!The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Fortunately, there was just then a flood of evening sunshine in the air.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Austin, with a smile on his lips, wandered out into the sunshine in search of Viviette.Viviette
William J. Locke
It was a glorious day, and she was like a live shadow in the sunshine.Weighed and Wanting
- the light received directly from the sun
- the warmth from the sun
- a sunny area
- a light-hearted or ironic term of address
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Word Origin and History for sunshine
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