moon·​shine | \ˈmün-ˌshīn \

Definition of moonshine 

1 : moonlight

2 : empty talk : nonsense

3 : intoxicating liquor especially : illegally distilled corn whiskey

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Examples of moonshine in a Sentence

Everything they said was just a load of moonshine. during Prohibition, moonshine and “bathtub gin” were made secretly

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Aside from beer, a bottle of lao-Lao, a moonshine made from fermented rice, was passed around. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Bespoke River Cruise Through the Golden Triangle," 19 Nov. 2018 So while a restaurant might be able to make and sell a custom beverage, many other people would be out of luck—or stuck with bathtub moonshine. Devorah Lev-tov, Vogue, "This Woman Is Changing the Liquor Landscape, One Custom-Made Bottle at a Time," 11 Oct. 2018 Jeptha Creed – a craft distillery located in Shelbyville, specializes in bourbon, vodka and moonshine has become the official vodka of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Kids Fair, Film Festival and a gravy competition," 21 Feb. 2018 Culinary Backstreets offers gastronomic tours ($95 for 7 hours, includes all food and drink) of Tbilisi that include a full wine tasting as well as a crash course on chacha, the local moonshine. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "36 Hours in Tbilisi," 7 June 2018 Before Williams' time, country music had been associated with alcohol as far back as the early 1900s, when many acts hailed from Appalachia, known as moonshine territory. Emily Yahr,, "Country music's sobering truths," 30 June 2018 My house is a red-cedar cabin on the land where my grandfather used to make moonshine. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Pulitzer-Prize Winner Learned Storytelling in the Deep South," 3 July 2018 Enterprising entrepreneurs modified their vehicles to create space to haul moonshine and souped up the engines to outrun revenue agents. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 Looking for a local establishment that carries moonshine? Cassie Armstrong,, "Moonshine Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of moonshine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of moonshine

: a kind of alcohol that people make illegally

: foolish or untrue words


moon·​shine | \ˈmün-ˌshīn \

Kids Definition of moonshine

1 : moonlight

2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally

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