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  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.
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  1. of or relating to sunshine laws: sunshine rules.
  2. fair-weather(def 2).
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Origin of sunshine

1200–50; Middle English sunnesin; see sun, shine1
Related formssun·shine·less, adjectivesun·shin·y, adjective
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  • 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


  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
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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.

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