the light of the sun; sunshine.

Origin of sunlight

First recorded in 1175–1225, sunlight is from the Middle English word sonneliht. See sun, light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunlight

Contemporary Examples of sunlight

Historical Examples of sunlight

  • When she woke it was to a blaze of sunlight, but caught in the net of her closed curtains.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The ailanthus tree waved in the sunlight before the little house.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Either the sunlight or the shadow of the Republic must fall on her without intermission.


    Scian Dubh

  • But when we went back to the car he said to me that he would help me to get back into the sunlight.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Beneath them the sword blades of the tribesmen glinted in the sunlight.

British Dictionary definitions for sunlight



the light emanating from the sun
an area or the time characterized by sunshine
Derived Formssunlit, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunlight

c.1200; see sun (n.) + light (n.).

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