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 Blue Slope Country Museum, 136 Blue Hill Road, will host moonlight wagon rides and campfires on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $5 per person and $20 per family. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 23 June 2019 There was even a yearly all-women moonlight cruise. Laurie Marhoefer, Quartz, "From gay Nazis to “we’re here, we’re queer”: A century of arguing about gay pride," 20 June 2019 More Shasta Cascade Kayak Whiskeytown by moonlight Far away from the light pollution of big cities, the Shasta Cascades are known for their dark and very, very starry nights. Lindsey J. Smith, SFChronicle.com, "Paragliding, caving, ‘jetovating’: 5 wild activities around Mount Shasta," 7 June 2019 In fact, those who planned the invasion had clear requirements: plentiful moonlight over the course of the entire evening and a low tide near sunrise. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "How the moon played a crucial role during the D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 The city women finish their last beers, kiss men on the cheek and step out into the cold night, the street awash in pale moonlight and littered with cigarette butts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 The Blue Slope Country Museum, 136 Blue Hill Road, will host moonlight wagon rides and campfires on Friday, June 14, and Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $5 per person and $20 per family. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 June 2019 Among other navigational aids, sea turtle hatchlings use moonlight reflecting off wave tops as a guide to the sea. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 Prob should’ve left my crystals outside to charge in the moonlight. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan, Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teigen, and More React to the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 21 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

How about, idk, a world-famous pop star who dabbles in acting and moonlights as the best thing about the Met Gala every year? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Rihanna Have Reportedly Bonded and Become Good Friends," 15 June 2019 Vogueworld Sam Smith Is Ready to Become the Spice Girls’s Newest Member After moonlighting as a glam gardener earlier this week, Sam Smith is on to his next project: bidding to become the sixth member of the Spice Girls. Vogue, "Sam Smith Is Ready to Become the Spice Girls’s Newest Member," 14 June 2019 The show follows Veronica Mars, a high school student played by Kristen Bell, who moonlights as a private detective, while also navigating the problems that arise with your regular high school existence. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Hulu will begin streaming the first three seasons of Veronica Mars on July 1st," 8 June 2019 Predictably, the insults set off fans of the Academy Award-winning performer, who moonlights as one of Trump’s biggest critics. Washington Post, "Bette Midler embraces Trump’s ‘washed up psycho’ insult in their Twitter feud," 5 June 2019 Cyrus, who sometimes moonlights as a snowplow operator, gave a tour of the village public safety building with its two jail cells and a stack of paperbacks for the guards. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 Taylor Swift, world famous Cat Lady who moonlights as a singer/songwriter, is set to appear in the film adaptation of the insane Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Says She Went to "Cat School" for Her Role in the 'Cats' Movie," 27 Apr. 2019 Morgan Stanley banker Michael Grimes moonlighted as an Uber driver to help land the company’s IPO mandate. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How Investors Can Prepare for Uber and Lyft IPOs," 1 Mar. 2019 The 56-year-old, whom the firm announced in a press release today as its next chairman and chief executive officer, moonlights as DJ D-Sol. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Meet David Solomon, the Next CEO of Goldman Sachs, Who Moonlights as a DJ," 17 July 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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The first known use of moonlight was in the 14th century

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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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