blue moon


Definition of blue moon

1 : a very long period of time usually used in the phrase once in a blue moon such people happen along only once in a blue moonSaturday Rev.
2 : a second full moon in a calendar month

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Synonyms for blue moon


aeon (or eon), age, coon's age, cycle, donkey's years [chiefly British], eternity, forever, long, months, moon

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Examples of blue moon in a Sentence

once in a blue moon we'll get dressed up and eat in a fancy restaurant

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The most recent astronomical blue moon occurred in May 2016. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What You Need to Know About Tonight's Blue Flower Moon," 17 May 2019 For the first time in more than 150 years in the U.S., a total lunar eclipse coincided with a blue moon and supermoon. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Incredible images of the rare blue blood moon," 31 Jan. 2018 This is also the second month in 2018 with a blue moon. Leigh Morgan,, "Blue moon 2018: Second -- and last -- blue moon of year rises tonight," 1 Dec. 2017 The unicorn will join seven other marshmallow shapes: hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, rainbows, red balloons. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Lucky Charms is retiring one of its marshmallows to add a unicorn," 20 Feb. 2018 The full moon on that date happens to be the second full moon of the month, or a blue moon. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Spectacular Eclipse of 2018 Is Tomorrow," 30 Jan. 2018 The second blue moon of the year, appearing Saturday morning, will be the last until 2020. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Saturday morning is the last chance to see a blue moon until 2020," 30 Mar. 2018 Coincidentally, Venus also governs Libra, so the second full moon of the month — this phenomenon is called a blue moon — emphasizes partnerships. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's March 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 28 Feb. 2018 Barring clouds in the northwest sky, Wednesday's total eclipse of the blue moon will be visible low in the western sky. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to photograph, make the super-blood-blue-moon total eclipse a family event," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of blue moon

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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