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[ moon-lahyt ]


  1. the light of the moon.


  1. pertaining to moonlight.
  2. illuminated by moonlight.
  3. occurring by moonlight, or at night.

verb (used without object)

, moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.
  1. to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.


/ ˈmuːnˌlaɪt /


  1. Also calledmoonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
  2. modifier illuminated by the moon

    a moonlight walk

  3. short for moonlight flit


  1. informal.
    intr to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
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Derived Forms

  • ˈmoonˌlighter, noun
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Other Words From

  • moonlighter noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of moonlight1

1325–75; 1950–55 moonlight fordef 5; Middle English monelight
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Example Sentences

If you run a side business — for example, if you moonlight as an accounting teacher and are paid as an independent contractor — you can still claim the deduction.

Whatever the case, this month’s show should be especially good because moonlight won’t interfere.

The quarterback who threw the pass was a baseball prospect moonlighting as a Heisman Trophy front-runner.

If the same interaction on Europa creates this never-before-seen kind of moonlight, a future mission there, such as NASA’s planned Europa Clipper spacecraft, may be able to use this ice glow map Europa’s surface composition.

It’s approximately … as bright as me walking on the beach in full moonlight.

Magic in the Moonlight really seems to explore the battle between pragmatism and “magic.”

Magic in the Moonlight co-stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone paid their respects.

In the bed, I found blond hair awash in moonlight: my cousin Sally.

Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight.

Effectively, men and women who once worked to keep guns off of the streets must now moonlight as gun dealers.

Her white face looked ethereal in the moonlight, and her bloodless lips were quivering with returning life.

Again she watched his figure pass in and out of the strips of moonlight as he walked away.

In the brilliant moonlight, on the white road, the branches cast a network of black shadow.

She lifted up her face on which the moonlight fell, making a picture the man never forgot to the last day of his life.

She sat still, looking out through the open window to the moonlight that lay on the white stone of the balcony floor.





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