[ loo-nuh ]
/ ˈlu nə /


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

From the Latin word lūna the moon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for luna (1 of 2)


/ (ˈluːnə) /


the alchemical name for silver
the Roman goddess of the moonGreek counterpart: Selene

Word Origin for Luna

from Latin: moon

British Dictionary definitions for luna (2 of 2)



Lunik (ˈluːnɪk)

/ (ˈluːnə) /


any of a series of Soviet lunar space-probes, one of which, Luna 9, made the first soft landing on the moon (1966)
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Word Origin and History for luna



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."

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