Meaning of SUN in English

/ sʌn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


the sun , the Sun [ sing. ] the star that shines in the sky during the day and gives the earth heat and light :

the sun's rays

the rising / setting sun

The sun was shining and birds were singing.

The sun was just setting.


(usually the sun ) [ sing. , U ] the light and heat from the sun

SYN sunshine :

the warmth of the afternoon sun

This room gets the sun in the mornings.

We sat in the sun .

The sun was blazing hot.

Too much sun ages the skin.

We did our best to keep out of the sun .

They've booked a holiday in the sun (= in a place where it is warm and the sun shines a lot) .

Her face had obviously caught the sun (= become red or brown) on holiday.

I was driving westwards and I had the sun in my eyes (= the sun was shining in my eyes) .

—see also sunny


[ C ] ( technical ) any star around which planets move


- under the sun

- with the sun

—more at hay , place noun

■ verb

( -nn- ) [ vn ] sun yourself to sit or lie in a place where the sun is shining on you :

We lay sunning ourselves on the deck.



Old English sunne , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zon and German Sonne , from an Indo-European root shared by Greek hēlios and Latin sol .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.