of or relating to sunshine laws: sunshine rules.

Origin of sunshine

1200–50; Middle English sunnesin; see sun, shine1
Related formssun·shine·less, adjectivesun·shin·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunshine

Contemporary Examples of sunshine

Historical Examples of sunshine

  • There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Land of the sunshine, the deep blue sky, and snow-topped hills!

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Fortunately, there was just then a flood of evening sunshine in the air.

  • Austin, with a smile on his lips, wandered out into the sunshine in search of Viviette.


    William J. Locke

  • It was a glorious day, and she was like a live shadow in the sunshine.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for sunshine



the light received directly from the sun
the warmth from the sun
a sunny area
a light-hearted or ironic term of address
Derived Formssunshiny, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunshine

mid-13c., from sun (n.) + shine (n.). Sunshine law in reference to U.S. open meeting legislation is recorded from 1972, from the notion of shining the light of public access on deliberations formerly held behind closed doors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper