- the ancient Roman goddess personifying the moon, sometimes identified with Diana.
- (in alchemy) silver.
- (lowercase) Also lunette. Ecclesiastical. the crescent-shaped receptacle within the monstrance, for holding the consecrated Host in an upright position.
Origin of Luna
Examples from the Web for luna
Contemporary Examples of luna
The Sailor Senshi rely on a central command which is run by two cats, Artemis and Luna.‘Sailor Moon’ Is an Oasis for Superheroes Who Can Save the Universe in Heels
November 26, 2014
Prosecutors say Luna fired the handgun while Jones drove the getaway car.Inside the ‘Boredom’ Killing That Has Shocked Oklahoma
August 23, 2013
He eventually finds work as a butler in the home of Luna (Diane Keaton).Best Orgasms in Movies, in Honor of National Orgasm Day (VIDEO)
July 31, 2013
Cinthia Paolo Gaitan, wife of Luna, accused of being an administrator for the bordellos.Marita Defendants Acquitted in Devastating Setback for Susana Trimarco
Scott C. Johnson
December 12, 2012
Luna was struck numerous times and died in the arms of his older brother, who came running from two stoops away.Chicago Gang Shootings Spike as the City Tries to Cope
April 17, 2012
Historical Examples of luna
That we 'll all go back and lunch at the 'Luna;' for there's no-nothing to fight about.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
In the scuffle Luna was knocked down and shot several times.The Philippine Islands
Now go on and tell them about the old man in the dome-house on Luna.
He was, again, the man Conn had seen in the dome-house on Luna.
The moon (luna) was the symbol for silver; hence the name "lunar caustic."An Elementary Study of Chemistry
- the alchemical name for silver
- the Roman goddess of the moonGreek counterpart: Selene
Word Origin for Luna
- any of a series of Soviet lunar space-probes, one of which, Luna 9, made the first soft landing on the moon (1966)
late 14c. "moon," also an alchemical name for "silver;" from Latin luna "moon, goddess of the moon," from *leuksna- (cf. Old Church Slavonic luna "moon," Old Prussian lauxnos "stars," Middle Irish luan "light, moon"), from the same source as lux, lumen "light," lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). The luna moth (1841, American English) so called for the crescent-shaped markings on its wings. Lunarian (1708) was an early word for "inhabitant of the moon."