Definition of sunshine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌnʃaɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌnʃaɪn//
    [uncountable] The sun and the moon
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  1. 1the light and heat of the sun the warm spring sunshine CollocationsThe weatherGood weather be bathed in/​bask in/​be blessed with/​enjoy bright/​brilliant/​glorious sunshine the sun shines/​warms something/​beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/​streams through something fluffy/​wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/​light/​stiff/​cool/​warm/​sea breeze blows in/​comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/​under somebody’s feet/​bootsBad weather thick/​dark/​storm clouds form/​gather/​roll in/​cover the sky/​block out the sun the sky darkens/​turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/​heavy/​thick fog rolls in the rain falls/​comes down (in buckets/​sheets)/pours down snow falls/​comes down/​covers something the wind blows/​whistles/​howls/​picks up/​whips through something/​sweeps across something strong/​gale-force winds blow/​gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/​is moving inland/​hits/​strikes/​rages thunder rolls/​rumbles/​sounds (forked/​sheet) lightning strikes/​hits/​flashes a (blinding/​snow) blizzard hits/​strikes/​blows/​rages a tornado touches down/​hits/​strikes/​destroys something/​rips through something forecast/​expect/​predict rain/​snow/​a category-four hurricane (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain get caught in/​seek shelter from/​escape the rain be covered/​shrouded in mist/​a blanket of fog be in for/​brave/​shelter from a/​the storm hear rolling/​distant thunder be battered/​buffeted by strong winds (British English) be blowing a gale battle against/​brave the elementsThe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/​brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/​clear the rain stops/​lets up/​holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/​fog lifts/​clears See related entries: The sun and the moon
  2. 2(informal) happiness She brought sunshine into our dull lives.
  3. 3(British English, informal) used for addressing somebody in a friendly, or sometimes a rude way Hello, sunshine! Look, sunshine, who do you think you're talking to?
  4. Extra examples It was a cool day with hazy sunshine. She followed us out into the sunshine. She sat on the wall, enjoying the spring sunshine. The race was run in bright sunshine. The sunshine came streaming in at the window. The town was bathed in spring sunshine. the last rays of sunshine of the day two weeks of glorious sunshine She squinted as the brilliant sunshine flooded in through the windows. The snow was melting in the warm spring sunshine.Idioms (informal) a person or thing that makes life brighter or more cheerful
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sunshine