lu·​ni·​so·​lar ˌlü-ni-ˈsō-lər How to pronounce lunisolar (audio)
 also  -ˌlär
: relating or attributed to the moon and the sun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The exact date of Passover changes every year, because the Jewish calendar is lunisolar, rather than following the 365-day solar cycle of the Gregorian calendar. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 7 Mar. 2023 Today, the Japanese calendar is organized around the typical temperate-zone four seasons, but originally Japan used the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which has 24. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Apr. 2023 Commonly observed in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia and other Asian countries, the 15-day holiday celebrates the beginning of the new lunisolar calendar year and typically involves gifts of money in red envelopes and food that symbolize good fortune. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2023 Her multicultural church is planning a dinner as part of the coming Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunisolar Chinese calendar month. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 The date, unlike the 365-day Gregorian Calendar that starts on Jan. 1, aligns with the lunisolar cycle, in which months are based off moon phases. Dallas News, 1 Feb. 2022 The push for ‘Lunar New Year’ Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the lunisolar calendar, with festivities often lasting for 15 days or more. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 28 Jan. 2023 Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. cleveland, 27 Jan. 2023 The Lantern Festival marks the end of the holiday and first full moon of the lunisolar calendar. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin luna moon + English -i- + solar

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lunisolar was in 1691

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Cite this Entry

“Lunisolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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