From Middle English sonnelight, sunneliht, from Old English sunnan lēoht (“sunlight”), equivalent to sun + light. Cognate with Dutch zonlicht (“sunlight”), German Low German Sünnenlücht (“sunlight”), German Sonnenlicht (“sunlight”).
- 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.
- (figuratively) Brightness, hope; a positive outlook.
- Synonym of
- (light from the sun): sunshine
electromagnetic radiation given off by the sun
brightness, hope, a positive outlook
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- ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988