[ suhn-beem ]
/ ˈsʌnˌbim /


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.

Origin of sunbeam

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

Related forms

sun·beamed, sun·beam·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sunbeam


/ (ˈsʌnˌbiːm) /


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

Derived Forms

sunbeamed or sunbeamy, adjective
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