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

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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Tunnels under the building were used for transporting and storing moonshine during Prohibition. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 The drink menu features a thoughtful and broad selection of wines and local beers, including offerings from Charm City Mead Works, as well as on-trend cocktails made with Belle Isle moonshine. Christina Tkacik,, "Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor puts the focus on Maryland seafood and produce," 8 Aug. 2019 Ole Smoky was born and bred in Gatlinburg; in 2009, a couple of Gatlinburg-Pittman High grads discovered a family recipe for moonshine and decided to give production a whirl., "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 Their drink theme is moonshine and the decor is oversize kitschy art of famous people. Polly Campbell,, "Cincinnati restaurant openings and closings of 2019," 11 July 2019 Firefly now sells Sweet Tea Vodka and select moonshines in all 50 states — including dozens of liquor stores in Massachusetts — as well as in the Caribbean. Bella English,, "At this S.C. distillery, creativity seems to be the main ingredient," 9 July 2019 Inside the man’s car, police found an open jar of moonshine., "Juvenile rape suspect arrested in stolen parked car: Solon police blotter," 26 June 2019 For the Compote: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil, apples, brown sugar, cranberries, moonshine and salt., "Recipe: Baked Pork Chops with Cran-Apple Moonshine Compote," 5 June 2019 Shares in Bud brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev are a bit like moonshine for now: alluringly cheap for those with a strong stomach. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Bud Brewer Still Leaves Sour Taste," 28 Feb. 2019

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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

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

1 : moonlight
2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally

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