the light of the moon.


pertaining to moonlight.
illuminated by moonlight.
occurring by moonlight, or at night.

verb (used without object), moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.

to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.

Origin of moonlight

1325–75; 1950–55 for def 5; Middle English monelight
Related formsmoon·light·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moonlight

Contemporary Examples of moonlight

Historical Examples of moonlight

  • His hands went up, and he stood gasping faintly in the moonlight.

  • It was now a bright rectangle filled with moonlight and quite empty.

  • And he saw them turn one by one toward him in the moonlight and wait.

  • He spoke with a gasping voice, and his face flushed crimson in the moonlight.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • On a moonlight night in August, at the hour of the first watch, the march began.

British Dictionary definitions for moonlight



Also called: moonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
(modifier) illuminated by the moona moonlight walk
short for moonlight flit

verb -lights, -lighting or -lighted

(intr) informal to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
Derived Formsmoonlighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for moonlight

"hold a second job, especially at night," 1957 (implied in moonlighting), from moonlighter (1954), from the notion of working by the light of the moon; see moonlight (n.). Related: Moonlighting. Earlier the word had been used to mean "commit crimes at night" (1882).


"light of the moon," mid-14c., from moon (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper