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  1. lighted by the moon.
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Origin of moonlit

First recorded in 1820–30; moon + lit1
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Related Words for moonlit

golden, glistening, vivid, brilliant, shimmering, radiant, sunny, dazzling, blazing, sparkling, luminous, shiny, intense, flashing, silvery, ablaze, alight, argent, beaming, burning

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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


  1. illuminated by the moon
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Word Origin and History for moonlit


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

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