moonlight

1 of 2

noun

moon·​light ˈmün-ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio)
: the light of the moon

moonlight

2 of 2

verb

moonlighted; moonlighting

intransitive verb

: to hold a second job in addition to a regular one
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 other evening, in Jersey City, a gentleman and lady were taking a moonlight stroll in the vicinity of one of the shafts of the new Delaware and Lackawanna railway tunnel. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 Where to view the strawberry moon The moon will travel on a low arc across the sky this month, which will allow the Earth's atmosphere to reflect in the moonlight, giving it an orange or yellow hue. Janet Loehrke, USA TODAY, 19 June 2024
Verb
Time—and their careers—eventually brought them to New York City, where Emma started out in the art world and Rowan moved into creative direction while moonlighting as a DJ and music curator. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 8 July 2024 Glen Powell stars as Gary Johnson, a college professor who pretends to be a hitman to entrap clients while moonlighting as an undercover cop—and ends up falling in love with Madison (Adria Arjona), a woman who hires him to kill her husband. Ben Rosenstock, TIME, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for moonlight 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

back-formation from moonlighter

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Moonlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonlight. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

moonlight

1 of 2 noun
moon·​light -ˌlīt How to pronounce moonlight (audio)
: the light of the moon

moonlight

2 of 2 verb
: to work at a second job in addition to a regular one
moonlighter noun
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