clair de lune

[klair dl-oon, duh loon]


a pale-green color.
a very pale blue color, tinged with lavender, used as a glaze on Chinese porcelain.
porcelain glazed with this color.

Nearby words

  1. claimant,
  2. claimer,
  3. claiming race,
  4. claimsman,
  5. clair,
  6. clair, rené,
  7. clair-de-lune,
  8. clair-obscure,
  9. clairaudience,
  10. clairaut

Origin of clair de lune

1875–80; < French: literally, moonlight

Clair de Lune

[klair dl oon, duh loon; French kler duh lyn]


a work for the piano by Claude Debussy, third movement of the Suite bergamasque. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clair-de-lune

  • 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
  • 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

Word Origin and History for clair-de-lune



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper