moonlight

noun
moon·light | \-ˌlīt \

Definition of moonlight 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the light of the moon

moonlight

verb
moonlighted; moonlighting

Definition of moonlight (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from moonlight

Verb

moonlighter noun

Examples of moonlight in a Sentence

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

The light camouflages them against moonlight on the surface and eliminates their shadow, obscuring them from predators. National Geographic, "Living Fireworks, These Animals Produce Light Shows with Their Bodies," 30 June 2018 The shallow arc of the June full moon means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere which filters out all of the colors of the moon's spectrum except oranges and yellows. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Look up! Strawberry Moon is most colorful full moon all year," 25 June 2018 That leaves the Kings with some guards who can moonlight at small forward. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Marvin Bagley's talent has the Kings excited. How his addition might impact the roster," 22 June 2018 And in a twist that may as well moonlight as the detail of the season, the cool colorway coated her extended manicure. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Rihanna Just Debuted the Manicure of the Season," 6 June 2018 Pedestrians will get to take moonlight walks, too, weather cooperating. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Bridge to test 24-hour bike and pedestrian path," 3 May 2018 The forest was pure black where the moonlight was shaded. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 In the four-month tour that followed, the prince rode elephants, hobnobbed with maharajahs, visited the Taj Mahal by moonlight—and found plenty of treasures. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018 The streetlights seemingly and effortlessly bounced off her perfect skin like the moonlight bouncing off a motionless lake. Sean Lester Durham, The Root, "We Head South," 8 Apr. 2018

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A year later, while moonlighting as a security guard at a shopping mall in the San Fernando Valley, Moore killed a man who was firing a semi-automatic rifle in the parking lot. James Queally, latimes.com, "L.A. mayor's pick for LAPD chief is 36-year veteran with deep mastery of crime statistics," 5 June 2018 Son spent nearly 10 minutes in court talking about his work at a service station, moonlighting as a Lyft driver, going to church and volunteering as a way to make a difference borne of his remorse. Washington Post, "Former liquor board director sentenced to 5 years in Prince George’s bribery scandal," 24 May 2018 Dunkin delivered high-profile music coverage by more or less moonlighting from his sports commitments. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Trailblazing Indiana journalist Zach Dunkin remembered for positive outlook, love of music," 1 Apr. 2018 Oppenheim, who moonlights as a Hollywood screenwriter, has denied any ties to Weinstein. Brian Flood, Fox News, "NBC News reportedly buried Joy Reid sex-bombshell saga involving Russell Simmons, AJ Calloway," 28 June 2018 Janitz, who moonlights as a cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts, says Harper is her biggest cheerleader, the one who makes her want to be better on and off the job. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "They saved her baby; now this mom is saving others," 13 May 2018 Follow @OvettaWashPost Arelis Hernández covers local politics in Prince George’s and regularly moonlights as a national breaking news reporter. Washington Post, "Maryland Democrats choose between insurgents, establishment in crowded primary," 28 June 2018 O’Neal went west as a free agent in 1996, embracing the advantages of living in Hollywood while moonlighting as an actor and rapper. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show," 3 July 2018 Gibson is an acquaintance of the band who moonlights as a photographer and has taken pictures of BoDeans shows in Minneapolis. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "BoDeans' Kurt Neumann, stepdaughter accuse former band member Sam Llanas of molestation," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of moonlight

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moonlight

Verb

back-formation from moonlighter

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Phrases Related to moonlight

do a moonlight flit

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moonlight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moonlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the light of the moon

moonlight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moonlight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work at a second job in addition to your regular job

moonlight

noun
moon·light | \ˈmün-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of moonlight

: the light of the moon

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