[ moon-rahyz ]

  1. the rising of the moon above the horizon.

  2. the time at which the moon rises above the horizon.

Origin of moonrise

First recorded in 1720–30; moon + (sun)rise

Words Nearby moonrise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moonrise in a sentence

  • In any case, moonrise Kingdom has already provided ample ammunition for both the pro-Anderson and anti-Anderson camps.

  • "It'll be a couple of hours to moonrise after dark," Conal said restively, glancing at the waning sky.

    The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • It was late, for Kane had slept the early part of the night, waiting for moonrise before starting on his expedition.

    Kings in Exile | Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
  • Sunset, moonrise, flood-tide, and twilight together weaving the spell of the night over the wide waking marsh.

    Roof and Meadow | Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The wild animals would await moonrise to begin their hunting; what Dane expected would happen before then.

    The League of the Leopard | Harold Bindloss
  • They had a front and a back room, so that the beauties of the dawn and the noontide—of sunset and moonrise—were all theirs.

    The Dreamer | Mary Newton Stanard

British Dictionary definitions for moonrise


/ (ˈmuːnˌraɪz) /

  1. the moment when the moon appears above the horizon

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