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

Google has unveiled a giant tribute to Hamilton in California's Mojave Desert: More than 107,000 mirrors reflect moonlight to form her image. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Her software put men on the moon. Fifty years later, Margaret Hamilton got a glowing moonlit tribute," 19 July 2019 Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley indulged in a moonlight walk at Wolf Connection three years ago. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Can ‘wolf therapy’ open people up? One shaman aims to find out.," 26 June 2019 Hawaiian bobtail squid light up via bioluminescent bacteria living in one of their organs; the light camouflages them against moonlight on the surface and eliminates their shadow, obscuring them from predators. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How bioluminescence works in nature," 2 May 2019 Google created a breathtaking portrait of unsung Apollo software pioneer Margaret Hamilton using moonlight reflected on 107,000 solar panel mirrors. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Half a century ago, one giant leap for mankind," 20 July 2019 The ranch even offers moonlight rides and proposal rides (just in case your day in Topanga inspires you to put a ring on it). Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: For an instant getaway, just head to Topanga Canyon," 19 July 2019 Enjoy the nocturnal sounds of one of Alabama’s biggest treasures on a two-hour paddle of a deep, calm section of the river guided by the moonlight and fireflies. al.com, "July Fourth events (and more) to attend this month," 2 July 2019 In June, July and August for several days before the full moon, park rangers lead moonlight kayaking tours of Whiskeytown Lake at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Lindsey J. Smith, SFChronicle.com, "Paragliding, caving, ‘jetovating’: 5 wild activities around Mount Shasta," 7 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Soleil Ho, restaurant critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, moonlights in our pages to give us an umami-rich look at mam tom, the Vietnamese shrimp paste. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "How a roaming restaurant critic landed in Los Angeles," 29 June 2019 The detective moonlights as a Baltimore Police hostage negotiator. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Speaking for baby Rose: How a Baltimore detective found his purpose investigating child abuse," 6 June 2019 The freelance music teacher moonlighting as a stand-up comedian breaks the ice by expressing his confusion as to why he wasn’t bullied more in his predominately white high school. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Meet Ish Gupta, a Hartford stand-up comedian who actually loves his day job," 25 July 2019 And with a little experience in sound production, Williams has been moonlighting as a podcast producer, recording and distributing the Mueller Report Audio podcast, free of charge. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "The Mueller Report—the Best True Crime Tale Going—Is Now Available as a Podcast," 14 June 2019 King plays Angela Abar, a baker who secretly moonlights as a lead detective in the Tulsa Police Force — possible because, in this world, cops don masks. Los Angeles Times, "HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ TV show won’t mess with Alan Moore’s comic: ‘It’s canon’," 24 July 2019 Marissa Teator, who moonlights as a zookeeper in Millbrook, said. Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "Tickbusters on the Lookout for Lyme," 22 July 2019 One of these people who disappeared for five years was Peter Parker (Holland), who moonlights as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 30 June 2019 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

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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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