lighted by the moon.

Origin of moonlit

First recorded in 1820–30; moon + lit1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of moonlit

  • He has feasted atop a moonlit tower, with wine and roast lamb hauled up by rope.

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    Goodbye to My Hero

    William Dalrymple

    June 20, 2011

  • In the moonlit garden as I stood by the limo, and there was menace again.

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    Courting Brando

    Harold Evans

    December 19, 2008

Historical Examples of moonlit

  • Upon looking around the moonlit room I found that I was alone.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • "I think that I can see them yet," said Ford, peering down the moonlit road.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So that is why you have been lying so quiet under the trees these moonlit nights!

  • Yet she did not go to the window to look into the moonlit night.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Through the trees the mouth of the alley could be seen, opening out on a moonlit glade.

    White Fang

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for moonlit



illuminated by the moon
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Word Origin and History for moonlit

1830 (first attested in Tennyson), from moon (n.) + lit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper