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Sunlight (1)


From Middle English sonnelight, sunneliht, from Old English sunnan lēoht (sunlight)[1], equivalent to sun +‎ light. Cognate with Dutch zonlicht (sunlight), German Low German Sünnenlücht (sunlight), German Sonnenlicht (sunlight).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌnlaɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: sun‧light


sunlight (countable and uncountable, plural sunlights)

  1. All the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun, especially that in the visible spectrum that bathes the Earth.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
    Sunlight on the skin gives you vitamin D.
  2. (figuratively) Brightness, hope; a positive outlook.
  3. Synonym of sunrise



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sunlight (third-person singular simple present sunlights, present participle sunlighting, simple past and past participle sunlighted)

  1. To work on the side (at a secondary job) during the daytime.


  1. ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988