moonlight

noun
moon·​light | \ ˈmün-ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio) \

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 moonlight reflects off the ring and everyone sees its orange gleam. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 The plot dissolves into sheer lunacy (in both senses of the word), as the whole company comes out to caper in a park in the moonlight — ostensibly to frighten Falstaff, but really just for the unleashed joy of taking over a public space. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 9 Aug. 2021 Though it's meant to produce an average of 12 faint meteors each hour, bright moonlight, which is expected, could affect visibility. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 27 July 2021 Maneskin is Danish for moonlight, a tribute to De Angelis' home country. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 That leaves the nights completely devoid of moonlight, which is ideal for stargazing chasing dark skies. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 9 May 2021 And even better, the Perseids peak only a few nights after a new moon, so the shower won't have to compete with bright moonlight. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 13 July 2021 Even in the soft moonlight, the palm grove stands in stark contrast to the surrounding barren mudhills. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 June 2021 The low arc of the June full moon across the sky means moonlight must travel through more of the Earth's atmosphere, which often gives it an orange or yellow tint. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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 Many of those changes were pushed through the Legislature by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and other legislators who moonlight as landlords. Cary Spivak, jsonline.com, 15 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

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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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Time Traveler for moonlight

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

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Dictionary Entries Near moonlight

moon letter

moonlight

moonlight blue

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Last Updated

19 Sep 2021

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“Moonlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonlight. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce moonlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of moonlight

: the light of the moon

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