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[moon-beem] /ˈmunˌbim/
a ray of moonlight.
Origin of moonbeam
First recorded in 1580-90; moon + beam Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Ah, little Dear-my-Soul, you know—you know whereof the moonbeam spake.

  • She had been chosen for the angel, I suppose, because she was as pale and sweet as a moonbeam.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A moonbeam rested on her loosened hair and her dress that was torn to tatters.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • I'm to be in the first big number, I think—one of the moonbeam girls.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • How lovely he was, this moonbeam babe, so white, so gentle and dark-haired.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The little boy saw the moonbeam on the wall, and was pacified.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • Every time a moonbeam had hit Quadjaq he had felt himself growing.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • The cabin was only faintly lit by a moonbeam which found its way through the porthole.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • Then a moonbeam darted in, and Mr Addison stood on the other side of the fire.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • moonbeam and Starbeam, they seemed now to have the old house to themselves.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for moonbeam


a ray of moonlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moonbeam

1580s, from moon (n.) + beam (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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