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  1. a ray of moonlight.
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Origin of moonbeam

First recorded in 1580–90; moon + beam
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Related Words for moonbeam

light, radiation, glimmer, streak, radiance, stream, emanation, flicker, blink, glitter, hint, gleam, flash, sparkle, blaze, trace, scintilla, wave, spark, shine

Examples from the Web for moonbeam

Historical Examples of moonbeam

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

    A Little Book of Profitable Tales

    Eugene Field

  • 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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