lunar

adjective

lu·​nar ˈlü-nər How to pronounce lunar (audio)
 also  -ˌnär
1
: crescent, lunate
who grasps the struggling heifer's lunar horns Alexander Pope
2
a
: of, relating to, or resembling the moon
lunar craters
a lunar landscape
b
: designed for use on the moon
lunar vehicles
3
: measured by the moon's revolution
lunar month

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On November 8, the Taurus lunar full blood moon eclipse activates your fifth house of love, fame and self-expression. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 China’s Chang’e 5 probe returned lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s in December 2000 and another Chinese rover is searching for evidence of life on Mars. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2022 That mission is planned for no earlier than 2025, with successive lunar missions planned for about once a year after, although, again each mission’s target dates can be delayed. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Nov. 2022 Earlier this year, a team successfully grew plants in lunar soil that included samples collected during the Apollo missions. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 At the time of the lunar flyby, the spacecraft was more than 230,000 miles from Earth. Julia Musto, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2022 However, the footprint left on the moon was made by a lunar overshoe that helped redistribute the astronauts' weight and protect them from radiation. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2022 In that span, however, the technologies required for such voyages have gradually spread across the globe, so that now crewed lunar exploration—perhaps even settlement—lies in reach of numerous nations and even private companies. The Editors, Scientific American, 23 Nov. 2022 Kyle Richards is among the star followers of the Moonsisters moon calendar, which offers words of daily wisdom based on the lunar cycles. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin lunaris, from luna moon; akin to Latin lucēre to shine — more at light

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunar was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lunar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunar. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lunar

adjective
lu·​nar ˈlü-nər How to pronounce lunar (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or resembling the moon
lunar craters
a lunar landscape
2
: measured by the moon's revolution
lunar month

Medical Definition

lunar

adjective
lu·​nar
ˈlü-nər also -ˌnär
: lunate

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