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clair de lune

[klair dl-oon, duh loon]
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noun
  1. a pale-green color.
  2. a very pale blue color, tinged with lavender, used as a glaze on Chinese porcelain.
  3. porcelain glazed with this color.
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Origin of clair de lune

1875–80; < French: literally, moonlight

Clair de Lune

[klair dl oon, duh loon; French kler duh lyn]
noun
  1. a work for the piano by Claude Debussy, third movement of the Suite bergamasque.
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Examples from the Web for clair-de-lune

Historical Examples

  • You've heard the old Frenchman, Clair-de-Lune, speak of sleep-time and sun-time.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • "It must have been last night," I said, at length, to Clair-de-Lune.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • I did not wonder that old Clair-de-Lune was silent when he looked down upon a scene so grand.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton

  • Night and morning Clair-de-Lune and the little girls found their way up to us with bread and meat and the news that was passing.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton


Word Origin and History for clair-de-lune

n.

1877, French, literally "moonlight," also used as "color of moonlight." See clear (adj.) + Luna.

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