a burst of sunlight; a sudden shining of the sun through rifted clouds.
a firework, piece of jewelry, ornament, or the like, resembling the sun with rays issuing in all directions.


Sewing. sewn or made to resemble a sunburst; having the rays or lines of design flared from a central point: sunburst pleats; sunburst tucks.

Nearby words

  1. sunbonnet,
  2. sunbow,
  3. sunbreak,
  4. sunburn,
  5. sunburned,
  6. sunburst pleats,
  7. sunbury,
  8. sunbury-on-thames,
  9. sunchoke,
  10. sund.

Origin of sunburst

First recorded in 1810–20; sun + burst Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunburst

British Dictionary definitions for sunburst



a burst of sunshine, as through a break in the clouds
a pattern or design resembling that of the sun
a jewelled brooch with this pattern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012