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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sun
See Sunn.
noun Sun
Senses
  1. The luminous orb, the light of which constitutes day, and its absence night; the central body round which the earth and planets revolve, by which they are held in their orbits, and from which they receive light and heat. Its mean distance from the earth is about 92,500,000 miles, and its diameter about 860,000.
  2. Any heavenly body which forms the center of a system of orbs.
  3. The direct light or warmth of the sun; sunshine."Lambs that did frisk in the sun." [Shak.]
  4. That which resembles the sun, as in splendor or importance; any source of light, warmth, or animation."For the Lord God is a sun and shield." [Ps. lxxiv. 11.]"I will never consent to put out the sun of sovereignity to posterity." [Eikon Basilike.]

Note: ☞ Its mean apparent diameter as seen from the earth is 32' 4″, and it revolves on its own axis once in 251/3 days. Its mean density is about one fourth of that of the earth, or 1.41, that of water being unity. Its luminous surface is called the photosphere, above which is an envelope consisting partly of hydrogen, called the chromosphere, which can be seen only through the spectroscope, or at the time of a total solar eclipse. Above the chromosphere, and sometimes extending out millions of miles, are luminous rays or streams of light which are visible only at the time of a total eclipse, forming the solar corona.

Note: Sun is often used in the formation of compound adjectives of obvious meaning; as, sun-bright, sun-dried, sun-gilt, sunlike, sun-lit, sun-scorched, and the like.

Etymology: OE. sunne sonne, AS. sunne; akin to OFries. sunne, D. zon, OS. & OHG. sunna, G. sonne, Icel. sunna, Goth. sunna; perh. fr. same root as L. sol. √297. Cf. Solar South

verb Sun
To expose to the sun's rays; to warm or dry in the sun; as, to sun cloth; to sun grain.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system ("the sun contains 99.85% of the mass in the solar system" and "the Earth revolves around the Sun")
  2. Any star around which a planetary system revolves
  3. A person considered as a source of warmth or energy or glory etc
  4. The rays of the sun ("the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind")
  5. First day of the week; observed as a day of rest and worship by most Christians
  6. Expose one's body to the sun
  7. Expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun ("These herbs suffer when sunned")
Wiktionary
  1. The star at the center of the Solar System, represented in astronomy and astrology by ☉.
  2. (newspapers) An English tabloid newspaper.
  3. Abbreviation of Sunday.

Sun was also found in the following language(s): Turkish

Notable Persons Named Sun

Sun Yat-Sen was a physician, politician, writer, and revolutionary. Sun was born on November 12th, 1866 in Zhongshan. He passed away on March 12th, 1925.

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Sun Tzu is a writer.

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Sun Ra was an avant-garde jazz musician. He plays Piano, organ, keyboards, Minimoog, celesta, percussion, and vocals. He was most active from 1934 to 1993. Sun was given the name Herman Poole Blount on May 22nd, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Sun is also known as Sun Ra and Le Sony'r Ra. He died on May 30th, 1993.

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Sun Myung Moon was a religious leader, businessperson, media mogul, political activist, and media proprietor. Sun was given the name Mun Yong-myeong on February 25th, 1920 in Chongju. He left this life on September 3rd, 2012.

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Sun was born on December 1st, 1991 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

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Her career lasted from 2001 to 2001. Sun was born on September 26th, 1982 in Shanghai.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sun

Ku Hye-sun is an actor, singer-songwriter, composer, musician, film director, screenwriter, model (people), painting, novelist, actress, singer/songwriter, director, model, and painter. She has been prominent since 2002. Ku was given the name Ku Hye Sun on November 9th, 1984 in Incheon. Ku is also known as Ku Hye Seon, Goo Hye Sun, Goo Hye Seon, Gu Hye Sun, Gu Hye Seon, Koo Hye Sun, and Koo Hye Seon.

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Dr. Stanley Ho Hung Sun is an entrepreneur. Dr. was born on November 25th, 1921 in British Hong Kong.

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Mingming Sun is a basketball player for the Dodge City Legend, Maryland Nighthawks, Grand Rapids Flight, Fuerza Regia, Hamamatsu Phoenix, and Beijing Ducks. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Mingming was born on August 23rd, 1983 in Bayan County.

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Stefanie Sun is a mandopop musical artist. She has had major accomplishments since 2000.

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Mod Sun is an alternative rock and hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Mod was given the name Derek Smith on March 10th, 1987 in Bloomington, Minnesota, United States. Mod is also known as Dylan Smith.

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Fei was born on March 20th, 1989 in Weifang. Fei is also known as Fei Fei Sun.

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How popular is the baby name Sun in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1902 5 0 5
1914 11 0 11
1918 7 0 7
1919 8 0 8
1920 6 0 6
1921 7 0 7
1922 7 0 7
1923 5 0 5
1925 6 0 6
1926 5 0 5
1929 6 0 6
1939 6 6 0
1941 5 5 0
1945 7 7 0
1947 8 8 0
1949 9 9 0
1951 7 7 0
1952 6 6 0
1953 12 12 0
1954 7 7 0
1955 8 8 0
1956 10 10 0
1957 7 7 0
1958 9 9 0
1959 8 8 0
1960 21 15 6
1961 7 7 0
1962 7 7 0
1963 5 5 0
1966 6 6 0
1968 5 5 0
1970 11 11 0
1971 16 16 0
1972 16 9 7
1974 18 9 9
1975 21 11 10
1976 15 9 6
1977 20 13 7
1978 25 16 9
1979 16 7 9
1980 23 10 13
1981 21 13 8
1982 25 11 14
1983 25 13 12
1984 24 12 12
1985 14 8 6
1986 19 11 8
1987 17 8 9
1988 17 9 8
1989 19 8 11
1990 17 12 5
1991 22 16 6
1992 6 6 0
1993 7 0 7
1994 22 13 9
1995 5 5 0
1996 15 8 7
1997 8 0 8
1998 5 0 5
1999 10 5 5
2000 16 11 5
2001 18 11 7
2002 5 0 5
2003 8 0 8
2004 8 0 8
2005 8 0 8
2006 7 7 0
2007 5 0 5
2008 5 5 0
2009 10 0 10
2010 7 0 7
2013 6 0 6
2014 12 7 5
2015 8 0 8
2016 10 0 10
2017 13 5 8

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Popularity of Sun as a last name

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Common last names for Sun

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  • Lee
  • Wong
  • Yi
  • Park
  • Chan
  • Chung
  • Lau
  • Chin
  • Kang
  • Yee
  • Yu
  • Hong

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sun U.S.
  White 2.59% 64.26%
  African American 0.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 94.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.76% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sun

People with the last name Sun are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Sun

  • How Popular is the name Sun? Sun is the 11,632nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sun was the 1,484th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sun have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 858 babies born with the first name Sun in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sun to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sun? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1902 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sun first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sun is Friday, April 6th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Sun born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sun was in 1971 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Sun Factoid: According to the 1947 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sun is not a popular baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1947.
  • Weird things about the name Sun: Your name in reverse order is Nus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Snu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sun? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,058 people with the last name Sun.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sun? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Sun as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.