View synonyms for sunshine


[ suhn-shahyn ]


  1. the shining of the sun; direct light of the sun.
  2. brightness or radiance; cheerfulness or happiness.
  3. a source of cheer or happiness.
  4. the effect of the sun in lighting and heating a place.
  5. a place where the direct rays of the sun fall.


  1. of or relating to sunshine laws:

    sunshine rules.


/ ˈsʌnˌʃaɪn /


  1. the light received directly from the sun
  2. the warmth from the sun
  3. a sunny area
  4. a light-hearted or ironic term of address
“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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsunˌshiny, adjective
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Other Words From

  • sunshineless adjective
  • sunshiny adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sunshine1

1200–50; Middle English sunnesin; sun, shine 1
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Example Sentences

Stephanie PearsonMake the most of the sunshine and visit the Dalsland province from May to September, when you can enjoy temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees.

They also subjected the pavement to UVA and UVB light—simulating the effect of sunshine.

You can see a trickle of sunshine falling on the top of the comet.

Charlotte is also known for having plenty of sunshine year-round.

This is a party that knows that it can’t stand the sunshine of truth to come in.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.

Clinton is further back in history, and there is a perception that back then everything was rainbows and sunshine and gumdrops.

He pauses, absorbing the sunshine streaming into his garden.

Conservative columnist George Will calls him a “cherubic 40-year-old…a human beam of sunshine.”

It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful.

There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.

The beauty, the mystery,—this fierce sunshine or something—stir——' She hesitated for a fraction of a second.

You don't mind staying here in the sunshine, I hope, while my coat dries?

To travelers blessed with golden sunshine, the Rhine may wear a grander, nobler aspect, and to such I leave it.

Aristide darted off like a dragon-fly in the sunshine, as happy as a child with a new toy.





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