moon·​scape | \ ˈmün-ˌskāp How to pronounce moonscape (audio) \

Definition of moonscape

: the surface of the moon as seen or as depicted also : a landscape resembling this surface

Examples of moonscape in a Sentence

The valley is a desolate moonscape.
Recent Examples on the Web The sky in those photos is velvety black and contrasts beautifully with the silvery-gray moonscape. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Tom Gauld’s “Rooftop Astronomy”," 2 Dec. 2019 Courtesy of the easterly trade winds, the beach is catnip for kiteboarders and stand-up-paddle boarders’ and well worth a return visit at night when the moonscape reflected on the still water is mystical. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 Beyond the parking lot, a red, barren moonscape spreads out in three directions, and in the distance dozens of enormous trucks and earthmovers rumble about. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 As a yellow haze curtained the barns and pumpkin farms of Sonoma County on Monday, firefighters sat through briefings before trudging back into a moonscape of charred homes and smoking roads. Tim Arango, New York Times, "With California Ablaze, Firefighters Strain to Keep Up," 28 Oct. 2019 At last, on the third morning of the 500-mile trek, the hearse turned alone onto an unpaved desert highway toward the eerie shores of Lake Mungo, which despite its name has been a dry moonscape for the past 16,000 years. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Thousands of pumpjacks bucked like broncos on miles and miles of moonscape. Los Angeles Times, "Column: In tiny Oildale, the local barber, a Trump fan, has had it with California," 26 July 2019 Individual homes left standing amid the apocalyptic moonscape here have proved tough to sell, Voigt said. Washington Post, "Driven from Paradise by fire, kept out by gentrification?," 20 June 2019 The barren moonscape of the mine and the steel and cement structures from the coal plant are in stark contrast to the forest cover beyond. Martin Kirchner, National Geographic, "In Germany, industrial sites are now artful enclaves," 10 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moonscape.' 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 moonscape

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moonscape

Time Traveler for moonscape

Time Traveler

The first known use of moonscape was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Statistics for moonscape

Last Updated

8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Moonscape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moonscape


How to pronounce moonscape (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of moonscape

: the way the surface of the moon looks
: a dry and empty place that looks like the surface of the moon

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on moonscape

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with moonscape

Nglish: Translation of moonscape for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of moonscape for Arabic Speakers

Comments on moonscape

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


a period of high artistic development

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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