harvest moon


: the full moon nearest the time of the September equinox

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tomorrow night: Be sure to gaze off to the southeast in the evening to see the harvest moon rise, accompanied by Jupiter and Saturn on either side. David Streit, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 It’s called the harvest moon because the moon rises about the same time every evening for a few nights in a row in the Northern Hemisphere. USA Today, 18 Sep. 2021 Spending the majority of his time on stage within his patented plastic bubble, Coyne seemed transfixed by the rise of a harvest moon in the south sky, with the fall season set to kick in officially on Wednesday. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2022 September is usually the month associated with the harvest moon. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 The full moon after the harvest moon becomes the hunter’s moon by default. Danya Gainor, CNN, 8 Oct. 2022 The hunter’s moon is the first full moon following the harvest moon. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2022 The next full moon will occur on Sept. 10, and is known as the harvest moon. Julia Musto, Fox News, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harvest moon was in 1706

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“Harvest moon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest%20moon. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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harvest moon

: the full moon nearest the time of the September equinox

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