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[suhn-lahyt] /ˈsʌnˌlaɪt/
the light of the sun; sunshine.
Origin of sunlight
1175-1225; Middle English sonneliht. See sun, light1 Unabridged
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  • Tamasjo also stooped and lifted something that glittered in the sunlight.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Either the sunlight or the shadow of the Republic must fall on her without intermission.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • This he did, and taking his betrothed in his arms, stepped out into the sunlight.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • The blue steel flickered in the sunlight, then down it fell, and lo!

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Through several grated apertures the sunlight streamed with strong effect, and a soft breeze swept around the cavernous apartment.

British Dictionary definitions for sunlight


the light emanating from the sun
an area or the time characterized by sunshine
Derived Forms
sunlit, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunlight

c.1200; see sun (n.) + light (n.).

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