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  1. inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
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verb (used with or without object), sun·burned or sun·burnt, sun·burn·ing.
  1. to affect or be affected with sunburn: An hour in the sun sunburned me severely. I sunburn easily.
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Origin of sunburn

First recorded in 1520–30; sun + burn1
Related formsun·sun·burned, adjectiveun·sun·burnt, adjectivewell-sun·burned, adjectivewell-sun·burnt, adjective
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  • George's colour mounted high in his sunburnt, freckled cheek.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Then, very gently, he laid one sunburnt hand upon her shoulder.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They had not had time to get sunburnt, as those of fish earlier arrived at Clemente.

  • He was sunburnt; but his countenance was noble and manly, and marked with self-reliance.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • She looked at the boyish, interested, sunburnt face so near to her own, and hesitated.

    Devil's Ford

    Bret Harte

British Dictionary definitions for sunburnt


  1. inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sunTechnical name: erythema solare
  2. another word for suntan
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Derived Formssunburnt or sunburned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunburnt



1520s, from sun (n.) + burn (v.). Sunburnt (c.1400) is older than sunburned (c.1500, sunne y-brent). As a noun from 1650s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sunburnt in Medicine


  1. Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.
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Related formssunburn′ v.
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