sunbeam

[ suhn-beem ]
/ ˈsʌnˌbim /

noun

a beam or ray of sunlight.
Australian Slang. a dish or utensil that has not been used during a meal and so does not have to be washed.

Nearby words

  1. sunback,
  2. sunbake,
  3. sunbaked,
  4. sunbath,
  5. sunbathe,
  6. sunbed,
  7. sunbelt,
  8. sunberry,
  9. sunbird,
  10. sunbittern

Origin of sunbeam

before 1000; Middle English sunnebem, Old English sun(ne)bēam. See sun, beam

Related formssun·beamed, sun·beam·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sunbeam

sunbeam

/ (ˈsʌnˌbiːm) /

noun

a beam, ray, or stream of sunlight
Australian slang a piece of crockery or cutlery laid for a meal but remaining unused
Derived Formssunbeamed or sunbeamy, adjective

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Word Origin and History for sunbeam

sunbeam

n.

Old English, from sun (n.) + beam (n.).

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