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 atmosphere is colorful and authentic – an ideal setting for dining al fresco under the Ibizan moonlight. Amy Louise Bailey, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fashion Girl's Guide to Ibiza," 17 Oct. 2017 Rather than making lists of pros and cons, wander in moonlight. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 8-14," 8 Oct. 2014 There are quite a few ways to clean your stones, including soaking them in salt water (more on salt soon), bathing them in moonlight, or smudging them (see above). Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 In a time when every star is expected to moonlight as a social critic, the OG celebrity news host has a radical idea: Just have an honest—fun, even!—conversation with them. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Giuliana Rancic's New Plan: Let Celebrities Talk About—Gasp—Themselves," 11 Sep. 2018 Without an addition at shortstop, where Solarte began to moonlight, or a Solarte trade, Asuaje would continue to see time in a third-base/second-base platoon with Solarte and Cory Spangenberg. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres roster review: Carlos Asuaje," 4 Dec. 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: Nathan Schwarz Skate companies have long made boards that could double as art (see: the ‘90s deck designs by Marc McKee, Sean Cliver and Evan Hecox) and skateboarders like Ed Templeton and Mark Gonzales have moonlighted as artists. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Can a Skateboard Be a Work of Art?," 19 Nov. 2018 Abrams, a 44-year-old Atlanta attorney, former state minority leader and moonlighting romance novelist, already has made history as the first black woman to be nominated for governor by either major party. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, banks are competing to become the top underwriter for Uber’s 2019 IPO; the favorite is Morgan Stanley, whose top tech banker moonlights as an Uber driver. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is building tools to Uber-ize all kinds of work," 19 Oct. 2018 Woods, who moonlights as a right-wing Twitter troll, got suspended for sharing a hoax tweet discouraging people from voting, and refusing to delete it. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The case that Russia is winning the cyberwar," 25 Sep. 2018 While some teachers are moonlighting as Instagram influencers, others are now baristas, Amazon warehouse employees, movie-theater managers and fast-food grill cooks. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Twitter finally banned Alex Jones and Infowars," 7 Sep. 2018 Exercise that moonlights as a chance to test-drive a high-impact new beauty look? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Takes Roller Girl Beauty for a Spin in Los Angeles," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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