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

Keep scrolling for more

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 There are also sunrise tours that start at 6:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and moonlight tours at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. during the full moon each month. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Go Kayaking Around the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Sea," 15 Sep. 2020 Diana Elizabeth Jordan — moonlight at WOCU as disability advocates. Laura Zornosa, chicagotribune.com, "How entertainment professionals with disabilities are fighting for inclusion," 20 Aug. 2020 Colts head coach Frank Reich was an assistant with Mudd on Tony Dungy’s staff and talked him out of retirement to moonlight in Indianapolis for six months last season. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts praying for Howard Mudd as offensive line coach battles after motorcycle accident," 12 Aug. 2020 Sail With Scott offers daytime, sunset and moonlight catamaran cruises, currently capped at 24 guests, or 50% capacity, with all passengers required to wear masks. Dallas News, "Summer chill-out: Escape the house and the heat at D-FW lakes," 10 Aug. 2020 Viewing of the meteors — known colloquially as shooting stars — will also be hampered by bright moonlight which will occur during the height of the shower on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Here’s how to view the Perseid meteor shower in the Bay Area," 8 Aug. 2020 Occasionally funny, mostly implausible, but filled with wonderful food, dancing in the moonlight, serendipity and tears, this novel is a joyous and poignant read. Ciara Geraghty, Star Tribune, "Reviews: 'Rules of the Road,' by Ciara Geraghty," 2 Aug. 2020 Moon Glory evokes such a strong picture of appreciating nature and finding peace in enduring stabilities like moonlight, that putting it on immediately instills a sense of calm. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "Why The Harmonist's Moon Glory Perfume Is Worth It," 8 July 2020 The best time to watch these shows is after midnight and into the pre-dawn hours as less moonlight makes the fainter meteors easier to spot. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "A Lunar Eclipse, a Double Meteor Shower, and More Cool Astronomical Events Will Take Place This July," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Schlozman, who moonlights as an author of apocalyptic young-adult fiction, knows intimately the appeal of disaster narratives over feel-good tales. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "The Melancholia Postulate," 9 May 2020 Donafay Collins, a popular 63-year-old commander in the Wayne County Sheriff's Office who moonlighted as a Motown DJ and taught colleagues how to ballroom dance, made his way through the crowd, resplendent in black-on-black tie and shirt. Anchorage Daily News, "The coronavirus was spreading. The parties went on. Now comes the pain.," 10 Apr. 2020 Her father worked a grueling job in a dress factory while her mother moonlighted as a socialist orator, regretting that household obligations had prevented her from developing her skill as a public speaker. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "How Vivian Gornick Reinvigorated Political Writing," 1 May 2020 So, along with everything else, parents are now moonlighting as DMV administrators. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Georgia Gets Rid of Driver's License Road Tests during Pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 An events planner, his pay cut by four-fifths, now moonlights as a takeout delivery driver — and can no longer afford to eat out. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China’s Factories Are Back. Its Consumers Aren’t.," 28 Apr. 2020 The 20-year-old said his supervisor told him he could moonlight at the company’s other major buildings, such as the Alliance Bank Building or Park Square Court. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Security guards allege they’re owed thousands for unpaid overtime," 21 Oct. 2019 Yan had ties to another key figure named in the warrant: Raymond Chan, the former Building and Safety chief who later worked for the same private firm where Yan was moonlighting, CCC Investment Group. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "She worked for L.A.’s building department. Then her name came up in an FBI warrant," 17 June 2019 Parents were moonlighting as technical assistants and homeschool instructors. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Great Zoom-School Experiment," 2 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moonlight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moonlight

Time Traveler for moonlight

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for moonlight

Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moonlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonlight. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moonlight

moonlight

noun
How to pronounce moonlight (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on moonlight

What made you want to look up moonlight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!