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[suhn-beem] /ˈsʌnˌbim/
a beam or ray of sunlight.
Australian Slang. a dish or utensil that has not been used during a meal and so does not have to be washed.
Origin of sunbeam
before 1000; Middle English sunnebem, Old English sun(ne)bēam. See sun, beam
Related forms
sunbeamed, sunbeamy, adjective Unabridged
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  • The 'sunbeam' left Macassar on the evening of the 20th of April.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • A sunbeam, escaping from beneath a cloud, gilded the fine drops of water.

  • Still, two persons felt a prejudice for this man which they could not overcome: they were sunbeam and the hunter's mother.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Fluffy, tell Downy the little story I told you the other day, about the sunbeam.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
  • Here the voice of the tea-kettle died down to a plaintive simmer, simmer, and I heard sunbeam say, "He's asleep."

  • From three to five o'clock I was 'at home' on board the 'sunbeam.'

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Madame Guillois tenderly embraced her son, and threw herself on the bed prepared for her by sunbeam's care.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • If you girls will go in the 'bus I will lead sunbeam and Paddy home.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • It was a helmet, flashing under the sunbeam, as it rose and fell to the measured gallop of a horse.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • There was just room for sunbeam to pass out, and Amy fell behind for a moment.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for sunbeam


a beam, ray, or stream of sunlight
(Austral, slang) a piece of crockery or cutlery laid for a meal but remaining unused
Derived Forms
sunbeamed, sunbeamy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunbeam

Old English, from sun (n.) + beam (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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