Definition of moonlight in English:



  • [mass noun] The light of the moon.

    ‘the river glittered under the pale moonlight’
    [as modifier] ‘a moonlight stroll’
    • ‘She could make out the pale glow of the moonlight shining through the blinds.’
    • ‘The room was dark, but the blinds were open, and the woman in the bed was bathed in the cold white light of moonlight.’
    • ‘Illuminated only by moonlight, pale flowers and foliage add a dreamy, ethereal quality to the garden.’
    • ‘Carina grinned as she watched the fishes shimmer and shine in the glowing moonlight.’
    • ‘The sky was bright with moonlight.’
    • ‘There was grey moonlight coming in, lighting a patch of floor just in front of the window but leaving the rest of the room in blackness.’
    • ‘Benji's curtains were open, allowing some moonlight to light up the room.’
    • ‘The moonlight from the sky light on the ceiling beamed down making a square of light in the center of the room.’
    • ‘The moonlight from the full moon shone in the room.’
    • ‘The moonlight shone through the window and cast and irridescent glow on half of the room.’
    • ‘They both stood, staring at each other in the pale moonlight for a moment.’
    • ‘He heard the door slide open, letting in the soft glow of moonlight.’
    • ‘The moonlight is extremely bright, as bright as the lights on movie sets.’
    • ‘Her eyes gazed into the white ceiling above her, now blue with the pale moonlight.’
    • ‘The pale moonlight shone on the sand as Kino stepped among the dunes.’
    • ‘He smiled down at me, his smile the only thing I could see perfectly outlined in the pale, ghostly moonlight.’
    • ‘The pale moonlight revealed a man in his early twenties, with curly black hair, streaked with a golden blonde colour.’
    • ‘The pale moonlight that shone through her window provided enough light to find her bed.’
    • ‘The moonlight shone through the clouds and cast a glow upon the water and its rocks.’
    • ‘She looked frightened in the pale moonlight, her eyes wide as she backed herself against the wall.’
    illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Have a second job, typically secretly and at night, in addition to one's regular employment.

    ‘he had been moonlighting for a rival tabloid’
    • ‘After college, he took a job as an accountant and - to supplement his income - moonlighted as a basketball and football referee.’
    • ‘Although medical care was free, many health care professionals moonlighted to make extra money because official health care usually involved long lines and waiting lists.’
    • ‘Acting on a tip, Detective Scott Dillin, who sometimes moonlights as an actor himself, went in search of the paintings at the apartment at 6 Chatham Square.’
    • ‘Tom, a well meaning, naïve politics student who moonlights as a security guard in the factory, is unwittingly and accidentally pulled into the murderous scheme.’
    • ‘She also moonlights as a consultant to major food and kitchen product companies.’
    • ‘I was home in the evening, except maybe one night a week when I moonlighted to make extra money, which was approved by the Army.’
    • ‘To support himself during the first few months, he found work moonlighting as a telemarketer and cutting down trees on weekends.’
    • ‘He was moonlighting as a bartender on Friday and Saturday nights to make some extra money.’