Definition of full moon in US English:

full moon


  • 1The phase of the moon in which its whole disk is illuminated.

    • ‘The stars shone from above and a full moon illuminated the realm of the night.’
    • ‘I was very excited for the full moon / lunar eclipse on Saturday night.’
    • ‘Han people watch the full moon and eat moon cakes, which are a symbol of family unity.’
    • ‘Evline managed to find a hole in the trees and saw that the moon was either a full moon, or very close to one.’
    • ‘The green leaves of the giant oak that they always gathered around hid the moon, a full moon tonight.’
    • ‘Seasonal variation in the moon's path through the night sky changes the variance in ambient moonlight between proximate new moons and full moons.’
    • ‘I also at a very young age fell in love with the moon in all its phases, though the full moon always drew me out.’
    • ‘The second of these full moons started to be referenced as being a ‘blue moon’ only during the past few decades.’
    • ‘I think it's a dignified and fitting way to mark the tragic event, and I hope there will be clear skies so the full moon can shine down upon them.’
    • ‘Contrasting full moons seen near perigee and apogee indicate how much the apparent size of the Moon varies each month.’
    • ‘A lunar eclipse occurs at full moon when the Moon crosses the ecliptic in opposition to the Sun.’
    • ‘The object was about the size of two full moons when the moon is high in the sky.’
    • ‘If you insist on telling time by the moon, full moons just don't fit properly into a year.’
    • ‘Hinduism encourages fasting on the eleventh day after a new moon, after the full moon, and every Monday in November.’
    • ‘The members organise turtle walks everyday and during full moon and new moon days, intensify the patrols.’
    • ‘The cool evening breeze played with her hair, and the full moon illuminated her face.’
    • ‘The full moon illuminated the black car parked in the driveway across the street and down a little.’
    • ‘The full moon illuminated her face in an indescribable way, and it almost astounded Jin.’
    • ‘‘Blue moon’ is, of course, a phrase people use to indicate something that doesn't happen very often, but I found out a blue moon is when two full moons happen in one month.’
    • ‘The sun had set now and only the light of the full moon illuminated her face.’
    1. 1.1 The time when the moon's whole disk is illuminated.
      ‘it was several days after full moon’
      • ‘Maybe he doesn't actually feel like a guy losing his marbles on a full moon night.’
      • ‘Rather, the term blue moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, which occurred on Saturday.’
      • ‘The first Sunday after the first full moon after vernal equinox.’
      • ‘It only flowers at the full moon for one night only and she painted it.’
      • ‘There are twelve months in a year because there are (very roughly) twelve full moons in a year.’
      • ‘Will anyone solve the mystery before the night of the spring full moon?’
      • ‘Easter Day falls ‘on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox’.’
      • ‘Severe flooding occurs when the peak of the rainy season coincides with high tide and the full moon.’
      • ‘It is celebrated on the first full moon of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on Thursday.’
      • ‘And, when the second full moon occurs in the same month, it is referred to as the blue moon.’
      • ‘Before I forget the moment entirely, let me record a thrilling moment from last week, on the night of the last full moon.’
      • ‘Easter Sunday is timed to coincide with the first Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox.’
      • ‘The study period was from January 1999 through February 2001, or twenty six full moons and months.’
      • ‘The biggest bores occur around the equinox, and maximum bores occur one to three days after new and full moons.’
      • ‘All Saturdays and Sundays are public holidays, as is the Poya Day of each month which marks the full moon.’
      • ‘She remembers it saying they are rare to spot for they constantly travel and only appear at night during full moons.’
      • ‘Whenever a full moon or the night of the comet came, the family would see the ghost of their lost relative.’
      • ‘If you are in the water seven nights after the full moon at around 10 pm, you will more than likely see something.’
      • ‘On the night of the full moon we took flares down to the lake and floated them on the water, paddling after them on rafts.’
      • ‘Last night, in the full moon, I heard a wolf howl, and this morning I woke up to a dead bear next to my side.’


full moon

/ˈˌfʊl ˈmun/