- inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
- to affect or be affected with sunburn: An hour in the sun sunburned me severely. I sunburn easily.
Origin of sunburn
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Examples from the Web for sunburn
Here's one way to avoid a sunburn: wear a Face-Kini next time you're on the beach.Here's The Face-Kini, Summer's Craziest New Trend
August 21, 2012
Some of their necks and cheeks were peeling, as if from sunburn.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The touch of sunburn, too, was becoming, for she didn't freckle.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Seth colored, under his coat of sunburn, and seemed embarrassed.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nor could she be certain that his coloring was due to sunburn.The Golden Woman
His face was thin and the sunburn faded, as though he had been ill.The Secret Sharer
- inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sunTechnical name: erythema solare
- another word for suntan
Word Origin and History for sunburn
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.
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