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  1. the rising of the moon above the horizon.
  2. the time at which the moon rises above the horizon.
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Origin of moonrise

First recorded in 1720–30; moon + (sun)rise
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  • Moonrise again found him abroad in search of food and adventure.

  • Reality dwindled to a point and vanished like the vanishing of a star at moonrise.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Know you, friends, what this stranger did since to-night's moonrise?


    H. Rider Haggard

  • The white waterlilies (kumuda) are said to open at moonrise.

  • Night was falling, and it looked as though rain was likely to come on at moonrise.

    A Clerk of Oxford

    Evelyn Everett-Green

British Dictionary definitions for moonrise


  1. the moment when the moon appears above the horizon
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Word Origin and History for moonrise


1728, from moon (n.) + rise (n.).

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