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[suhn-burn] /ˈsʌnˌbɜrn/
inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), sunburned or sunburnt, sunburning.
to affect or be affected with sunburn:
An hour in the sun sunburned me severely. I sunburn easily.
Origin of sunburn
1520-30; sun + burn1
Related forms
unsunburned, adjective
unsunburnt, adjective
well-sunburned, adjective
well-sunburnt, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sunburn
  • Unfortunately, despite our best defenses, sunburn is a common summer malady for humans.
  • Use a tighter-than-usual spacing method for seedlings so that plants will support each other and protect foliage from sunburn.
  • After trees are three or four years old, thickening bark prevents sunburn.
  • It obviously refers to the sunburn suffered by marines in the tropics.
  • sunburn can leave flesh prone to infection, so it makes sense to add this as a precaution.
  • Several workers got the equivalent of a sunburn on their ankles.
  • If one avoids sunburn, the suns health-giving benefits far outweigh its detrimental effects.
  • Shea butter soothes many skin conditions, such as sunburn.
  • That's what downtime was for: looking after any cuts and wounds and sunburn, and sleeping and packing calories.
  • Note that a sunburn is caused by the ultraviolet portion of the solar spectrum, not by the visible portion.
British Dictionary definitions for sunburn


inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun Technical name erythema solare
another word for suntan
Derived Forms
sunburnt, sunburned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunburn

1520s, from sun (n.) + burn (v.). Sunburnt (c.1400) is older than sunburned (c.1500, sunne y-brent). As a noun from 1650s.

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sunburn in Medicine

sunburn sun·burn (sŭn'bûrn')
Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.

sun'burn' v.
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