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  1. the rise or ascent of the sun above the horizon in the morning.
  2. the atmospheric and scenic phenomena accompanying this.
  3. the time when half the sun has risen above the horizon.
  4. the open or beginning stage of any period.
  1. (of an industry, technology, etc.) new and growing; developing; emerging: high-technology sunrise industries.

Origin of sunrise

1300–50; Middle English, short for sunrising (see sun, rise, -ing1)


  1. a city in SE Florida. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for sunrise


  1. the daily appearance of the sun above the horizon
  2. the atmospheric phenomena accompanying this appearance
  3. Also called (esp US): sunup the time at which the sun rises at a particular locality
  4. (modifier) of or relating to sunrise industrysunrise technology; sunrise sector
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Word Origin and History for sunrise

mid-15c., from sun (n.) + rise (v.); perhaps evolved from a 14c. subjunctive, e.g. before the sun rise.

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