[ moon-lahyt ]
/ ˈmunˌlaɪt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. moonie,
  2. moonish,
  3. moonishly,
  4. moonless,
  5. moonlet,
  6. moonlight flit,
  7. moonlight sonata,
  8. moonlighting,
  9. moonlit,
  10. moonprobe

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 moonlighter

  • Before the terrified boys and girls could comply the father appeared and shot a moonlighter dead in his tracks.

    Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Moonlighter's jockey saw he was beaten for the moment at least and took a pull.

    Boy Woodburn|Alfred Ollivant
  • And Ralph's doubts in regard to the moonlighter's sanity increased each moment.

British Dictionary definitions for moonlighter


/ (ˈmuːnˌlaɪt) /


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 moonlighter
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