harvest moon


Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon nearest the time of the September equinox

Examples of harvest moon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's why the full moon in September is traditionally known as the harvest moon and October's full moon is called the hunter's moon. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There will be a full moon on Halloween this year for the first time in almost two decades," 26 Oct. 2020 Or take high school football, the most iconic of youth sports, Friday night lights twinkling beneath a harvest moon backed by the soundtrack of marching bands and crunching pads. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s time to stop using youth athletes as political pawns," 8 Oct. 2020 As the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (the end of summer and start of fall), the harvest moon appeared on Oct. 1 over the city. NOLA.com, "Harvest moon," 7 Oct. 2020 Last year, the harvest moon fell on Friday the 13th of September. James Rogers, Fox News, "Get set for harvest moon: NASA’s top tips for skywatchers," 1 Oct. 2020 Chuseok falls on the nearest full moon to the fall equinox, known as a harvest moon. Jun Michael Park, New York Times, "Covid-19 Upends South Korea’s Thanksgiving, and Its Rituals," 2 Oct. 2020 Stargazers are in for a treat on Thursday when the harvest moon lights up the sky. James Rogers, Fox News, "Get set for harvest moon: NASA’s top tips for skywatchers," 1 Oct. 2020 The full harvest moon will rise at 5:05 pm ET on October 1. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Full moons in October: Harvest moon tonight and a rare blue moon on Halloween," 1 Oct. 2020 This moon is also known as the Hunter's moon, which is the first moon following the harvest moon. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "A rare "blue moon" will light up the Halloween night sky," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of harvest moon

1706, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2020

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“Harvest moon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest%20moon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon in autumn

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