moon·​shine | \ ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio) \

Definition of moonshine

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
Recent Examples on the Web The farmers opened a bottle of ruou, the Vietnamese equivalent of moonshine, to celebrate what looked like an impressive haul. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 The Shinery wanted to serve moonshine flights, made up of five three-quarter-ounce pours. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Moonshine and tropical wine retailers are opening in downtown Cedarburg," 29 Jan. 2020 Now a local distillery is making moonshine to help law enforcement. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "For a few dollars, you can help a Katy distillery make and donate hand sanitizer to police and the public," 21 Mar. 2020 Erb can make tequila, vodka, rum, gin and moonshine sanitizers. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wisconsin brewer is making edible fruit-flavored hand sanitizer out of moonshine," 17 Mar. 2020 He was sentenced to two years in prison on moonshine and bootlegging charges. Matt Crossman, Washington Post, "Junior Johnson, winner of 50 NASCAR races, dies at 88," 21 Dec. 2019 There’s a difference between moonshine whiskey and the smooth, barrel-aged stuff. Scott Ostler,, "Are the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan ready to grab the ring?," 10 Jan. 2020 In the final chapter of their protests, they were outnumbered by others with competing interests, including moonshine liquor-makers who wanted unfettered access to rural roads leading into towns and cities. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 Dent and flint corn varieties, for grits and cornbread (and sometimes for moonshine), were the predominant Southern homestead corn long before summer sweet corn was developed as part of the sugarization of the modern palate. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A once-famous, long-lost corn variety returns from the dead," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of moonshine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Moonshine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moonshine

chiefly US : a kind of alcohol that people make illegally
British : foolish or untrue words


moon·​shine | \ ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio) \

Kids Definition of moonshine

2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally

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