new moon

noun

1
: the moon's phase when it is in conjunction with the sun so that its dark side is toward the earth
also : the thin crescent moon seen shortly after sunset for a few days after the actual occurrence of the new moon phase
2
: the beginning of each Jewish month marked by a special liturgy

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All that said, the appearance of the new moon in Virgo has a particular effect. Emily Newhouse, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 When Ramadan begins and ends is determined by the first crescent of the new moon over Mecca, Saudi Arabia, or on a pre-determined date via astronomical calculation. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 So, what does this new moon mean, and how will this particular position impact us? Emily Newhouse, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 This new moon is asking you to trust that path — and follow it with purpose. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 25 Aug. 2022 Although companies such as SpaceX have plans for crewed ships to the moon, none have made it past the prototype phase, so for now the new moon race is being pioneered by small companies such as Astrobotic. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 28 July 2022 The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, began this week in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon were made. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 2 May 2022 The Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan will be Sunday or Monday, depending on the sighting of the new moon. Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Since Ramadan follows the lunar Islamic calendar, the holiday commences when the first crescent of a new moon is spotted. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of new moon was before the 12th century

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“New moon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new%20moon. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

new moon

noun

1
: the moon's phase when its dark side is toward the earth
2
: the thin curved outline of the moon seen shortly after sunset for a few days after the new moon

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