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[moon-lit] /ˈmunˌlɪt/
lighted by the moon.
Origin of moonlit
1820-30; moon + lit1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The tall, slender stems of the yucca and infrequent clumps of dwarfed cacti cast clear-edged shadows on the bare, moonlit ground.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Then, for some minutes, they were silent as the moonlit beech clump.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • "So'm I," said I, looking out of the window over a moonlit sea.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • All this beneath a brooding, moonlit sky, and on a sea as smooth as glass.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • The shadow of the shovel-hat at that very instant fell on a moonlit tomb.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • The night seemed interminable; its moonlit fragrance unendurable.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • He looked musingly at the moonlit waters, musingly at the starlit sky.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • It seemed impossible for her to cover all that moonlit open unseen.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for moonlit


illuminated by the moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moonlit

1830 (first attested in Tennyson), from moon (n.) + lit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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