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[ suhn-roof, -roo f ]
/ ˈsʌnˌruf, -ˌrʊf /

noun, plural sun·roofs.

a section of an automobile roof that can be slid or lifted open.

Nearby words

sunray pleats, sunrise, sunrise industry, sunrise service, sunrise watch, sunroof, sunroom, sunscald, sunscreen, sunseeker, sunset
Compare moonroof.

Origin of sunroof

First recorded in 1950–55; sun + roof Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunroof

  • Years ago, John beat the rap after a truck driver accused him of firing a pistol at him through the sunroof of his car.

    The Making of Harold Ford|John Branston|January 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for sunroof


sunshine roof

/ (ˈsʌnˌruːf) /


a panel, often translucent, that may be opened in the roof of a car
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Word Origin and History for sunroof



of a car, 1966, from sun (n.) + roof (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper