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In the Coverdale Bible in 1535, in Genesis and Exodus about 1250 as Middle English sunnesine;[1] synchronically sun +‎ shine.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌnʃaɪn/
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  • Hyphenation: sun‧shine


sunshine (usually uncountable, plural sunshines)

  1. The direct rays, light or warmth of the sun.
    Synonyms: sun, sunlight
    We were warmed by the bright sunshine.
  2. A location on which the sun's rays fall.
    We moved out of the shade and into the sunshine.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      Out again into the sunshine by the wide mouth of the Green River, as the chart named the brook whose level stream scarce moved into the lake. A streak of blue shot up it between the banks, and a shrill pipe came back as the kingfisher hastened away.
  3. (figuratively) Geniality or cheerfulness.
    I enjoyed the sunshine of her smile.
    • 1971, Bill Withers (lyrics and music), “Ain't No Sunshine”:
      Ain't no sunshine when she's gone / Only darkness every day
  4. A source of cheerfulness or joy.
  5. The effect which the sun has when it lights and warms some place.
  6. (Britain) Friendly form of address often reserved for juniors.
    Alright sunshine, safe to cross now.
  7. (Britain) Ironic form of address used to an inferior or troublemaker.
    OK, sunshine, listen up and listen good. There's five vandalised telephone boxes out there and I know you're responsible.
  8. (humorous) Used to address someone who has just woken up and/or is very sleepy.
    Good morning, sunshine!

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sunshine (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly US) Open to and permitting public access, especially with regard to activities that were previously closed-door or back-room meetings.
    Because of the sunshine law, we could go to the planning meeting.

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  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988