moonlight

1 of 2

noun

moon·​light ˈmün-ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio)
: the light of the moon

moonlight

2 of 2

verb

moonlighted; moonlighting

intransitive verb

: to hold a second job in addition to a regular one
moonlighter noun

Example Sentences

Noun A figure appeared in the moonlight. Verb She is a secretary who moonlights as a waitress on weekends.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That's because the satellite was able to see the swath of snow at night, with just the faint illumination of moonlight to reveal its presence — from 22,000 miles away. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2023 Falling around the time of the season's first hard frost, and the time of year during which beavers build their winter dams by moonlight. Charley Ross, Glamour, 30 Dec. 2022 The lighting, for me, was all about creating an ambiance with the moonlight in that environment, and then shaping and modeling it with the warmth of the firelight. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 24 Dec. 2022 Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office, suggests sitting in the shade of a house or tree to minimize the interference of moonlight, per the agency. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 Another bar of moonlight briefly lights his eyes, paling them to smoky silver. Jessica Leon, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2022 About 40 percent of humankind is permanently bathed in the equivalent of perpetual moonlight, and about 25 percent constantly experiences an artificial twilight that exceeds the illumination of a full moon. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston play the gothic patriarch and matriarch roles with unmatched passion, whispering sweet nothings in the moonlight (many related to death). Lee Escobedo, EW.com, 7 Dec. 2022 After many days, the formidable peaks of the Brooks Range finally disrobed from their mantle of clouds and shone resplendent in the moonlight. Kate Siber, Outside Online, 9 Nov. 2022
Verb
Unlike in other places where officers moonlight in security roles, St. Louis officers wear their city police uniforms and can investigate crimes, stop pedestrians or vehicles, and make arrests while working for private policing companies. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 19 Dec. 2022 Kate Hudson and Glen Powell are movie stars who moonlight as drinking buddies. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 Dec. 2022 What the Colts miss as much as their quality as backups is their versatility, as Pryor could play four positions and Pinter could moonlight at center in addition to guard. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2022 Tucker could fill a number of holes on the Sixers as a low-usage three-and-D forward who can moonlight as a small-ball 5 in short doses. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 25 June 2022 IoT companies, the kind that want connect your toasters to the web, cannot moonlight with cybersecurity. Emil Sayegh, Forbes, 9 June 2022 There’s a bit of gray area with the nomenclature, but these masks also moonlight as overnight moisturizers. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 15 Aug. 2021 Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, 9 Apr. 2021 Flier, who now serves on two for-profit boards, does not believe academic leaders, including hospital presidents, should moonlight as directors for for-profit companies. Liz Kowalczyk, Sarah L. Ryley, Mark Arsenault, STAT, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

back-formation from moonlighter

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moonlight was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Moonlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonlight. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

moonlight

1 of 2 noun
moon·​light -ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio)
: the light of the moon

moonlight

2 of 2 verb
: to work at a second job in addition to a regular one
moonlighter noun
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