harvest moon

noun

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 Following September's harvest moon, the hunter's moon gets its name from Native Americans who welcomed hunting season at this time of year in preparation for the winter months, according to the Farmers' Almanac. Sherry Liang, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 While the average full moon rises about 50 minutes later every night, the harvest moon's rise is just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern U.S. and 10 to 20 minutes later in Canada and Europe. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 The Otsukimi moon-viewing festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix is an annual celebration of the harvest moon. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 Waiting for a harvest moon: The arrival of fall means pumpkin fests, scarecrow fests and miscellaneous variations of Octoberfest. chicagotribune.com, 9 Oct. 2021 The next full moon is the harvest moon, which will be visible starting on Monday night. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Explore the Japanese Friendship Garden, a serene spot downtown Shayna Price, the garden’s marketing and outreach manager, says Otsukimi often was a gathering among aristocratic members of society who paid tribute to nature and the harvest moon. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 This year's harvest moon arrives Sept. 20 and will appear exactly opposite the sun at 7:54 p.m. EDT. USA Today, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of harvest moon

1706, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2021

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“Harvest moon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest%20moon. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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harvest moon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harvest moon

: the full moon in autumn

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