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Origin of moonbeam

First recorded in 1580–90; moon + beam Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for moonbeam

Historical Examples of moonbeam

  • Ah, little Dear-my-Soul, you know—you know whereof the moonbeam spake.

  • She had been chosen for the angel, I suppose, because she was as pale and sweet as a moonbeam.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A moonbeam rested on her loosened hair and her dress that was torn to tatters.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • I'm to be in the first big number, I think—one of the Moonbeam girls.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • How lovely he was, this moonbeam babe, so white, so gentle and dark-haired.

British Dictionary definitions for moonbeam


  1. a ray of moonlight
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Word Origin and History for moonbeam

1580s, from moon (n.) + beam (n.).

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