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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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  • Presently he stood before a water-gate which had been left ajar and through which a moonbeam pierced the darkness.

  • Every time a moonbeam had hit Quadjaq he had felt himself growing.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • Meanwhile the widow's letter lay quietly on the floor, bleached by a moonbeam.

    The Galaxy Various
  • The cabin was only faintly lit by a moonbeam which found its way through the porthole.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • My heart bent low before the omnipotence of Spirit, and a tint of humility soft as the heart of a moonbeam mantled the earth.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A moonbeam rested on her loosened hair and her dress that was torn to tatters.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • At that moment the clouds overhead broke, and a moonbeam shot down into the forest, throwing a pale light over the cold scene.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne
  • I'm to be in the first big number, I think—one of the moonbeam girls.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • They had taken a small house for the meeting, and they were just off to escort moonbeam to the starting-post.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • How lovely he was, this moonbeam babe, so white, so gentle and dark-haired.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
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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