the light of the sun; sunshine.

1175–1225; Middle English sonneliht. See sun, light1 Unabridged
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sunlight (ˈsʌnlaɪt)
1.  the light emanating from the sun
2.  an area or the time characterized by sunshine

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solar radiation that is visible at the Earth's surface. The amount of sunlight is dependent on the extent of the daytime cloud cover. Some places on the Earth receive more than 4,000 hours per year of sunlight (more than 90 percent of the maximum possible), as in the Sahara; others receive less than 2,000 hours, as in regions of frequent storminess, such as Scotland and Iceland. Over much of the middle-latitude region of the world, the amount of sunlight varies regularly as the day progresses, owing to greater cloud cover in the early morning and during the late afternoon.

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Example sentences
Added to that, universities don't want the ideological make-up of their
  professors to undergo too much sunlight.
Throngs of students were out that day, lounging in the kind of late-summer
  sunlight that keeps brochure photographers in business.
Do make sure to set up your schedule so you get out in the sunlight.
Ward is more inclined toward orbiting sunshades that would cut down on the
  amount of sunlight hitting the planet.
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