AskDefine | Define sunshine

Dictionary Definition



1 the rays of the sun; "the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind" [syn: sunlight, sun]
2 moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities [syn: fair weather, temperateness]

User Contributed Dictionary



In the Coverdale Bible in 1535, in Genesis and Exodus about 1250 as sunnesine. Compound of sun + shine.



  1. The direct rays, light or warmth of the sun.
    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.
  3. geniality or cheerfulness.
    I enjoyed the sunshine of her smile.
  4. A source of cheerfulness or joy.
  5. The effect which the sun has when it lights and warms some place.



Derived terms

Related terms


  1. In the context of "mostly|_|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.



Extensive Definition

Sunshine may refer to:
  • Sunlight, the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the Sun, especially in the visible wavelengths

Film and television






Radio stations

Record labels


  • Sunshine pop, an American musical movement in the 1960s and 1970s that incorporated light rock



Cities and towns

Bridges and roads

  • Sunshine Bridge, a bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana, United States
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Florida, United States
  • Sunshine Way, a street in Mitcham, Surrey, England, named for its accommodation of sunlight-needy tuberculosis patients


  • Sunshine 60, a 60-story building in Tokyo, Japan, and the tallest building in Japan until 1991
  • Sunshine Building, a historic building in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


See also

Other uses

sunshine in Czech: Sunshine (rozcestník)
sunshine in German: Sunshine
sunshine in French: Sunshine
sunshine in Italian: Sunshine
sunshine in Japanese: サンシャイン
sunshine in Slovak: Sunshine (rozlišovacia stránka)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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