harvest moon

noun

Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon nearest the time of the September equinox

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Moonlight became an essential part of farming and, thus, the harvest moon was born. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A full harvest moon is coming Friday the 13th. But here's why it'll actually look small," 10 Sep. 2019 Clearing skies are giving locals another treat: a full view of the harvest moon, or the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle may be warmer than usual this fall, meteorologists say," 25 Sep. 2018 The harvest moon will reach its peak on Sept. 14 at 12.33 a.m. EDT, says the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Fox News, "Friday the 13th harvest moon thrills skywatchers," 14 Sep. 2019 But this full moon, most commonly known as the harvest moon, will appear much smaller than most. Matthew Cappucci, Twin Cities, "Coming this Friday night: The first full moon on Friday the 13th in 13 years," 12 Sep. 2019 Even more than the pumpkin spice latte, the harvest moon officially marks the beginning of fall. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A glowing (but mini) harvest moon will light up Friday the 13th," 10 Sep. 2019 The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, which this year is Sept. 23. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A full harvest moon is coming Friday the 13th. But here's why it'll actually look small," 10 Sep. 2019 Because of the time of year, the full or near-full harvest Moon is rising at about the same time each night. BostonGlobe.com, "The harvest moon is here.," 14 Sep. 2019 And it was widely noted that a full harvest moon might not recur on a Friday the 13th for a long time. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "In Washington, harvest moon is curtained from sight by clouds," 13 Sep. 2019

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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harvest moon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon in autumn

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