Share this entry

sunburst Line breaks: sun|burst
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌnbəːst/

Definition of sunburst in English:


1A sudden brief appearance of the full sun from behind clouds.
Example sentences
  • Outside, it is a typical monsoon morning sky alternating between brilliant sunburst and darkening clouds.
  • As the blinding sunburst of light faded into fairy dust around him, Sam blinked.
  • Other times it was right on - the sunbursts that ended up coming from behind Derek's head as his band launched into the stratosphere.
1.1A decoration or ornament resembling the sun and its rays: [as modifier]: a pair of sunburst diamond earrings
More example sentences
  • On these, no neck rings interrupt the sweep of prism cuts from lip to shoulder, and the octagons contain only alternating sunbursts and sharp diamonds.
  • The sunburst necklace glittered under the water like a lost treasure.
  • She fingered the charm on her necklace, a golden sunburst with the shape of a silver crescent moon in the center.
1.2A pattern of irregular concentric bands of colour with the brightest at the centre: the guitar body is finished in a delicately sprayed sunburst
More example sentences
  • Their organisation created mainly random patterns, but at times exploded into circular sunbursts, whimsical, floral.
  • Medallions in relief sunburst patterns alternating with exotic flowers recall the shields adorning entryways in Antiquity at the same time that they embody the vitalism of Martin's occultist obsessions.
  • Within the fields of marks, partial images emerge: one can make out spirals, fans, sunbursts and even arrangements suggesting iridescent eyes or a sparkling butterfly wing.

Words that rhyme with sunburst

outburst • Sandhurst

Definition of sunburst in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...