Definition of moonlight in English:


Line breaks: moon|light
Pronunciation: /ˈmuːnlʌɪt


[mass noun]
  • The light of the moon: the river glittered under the pale moonlight [as modifier]: a moonlight stroll
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    • The pale moonlight shone on the sand as Kino stepped among the dunes.
    • The sky was bright with moonlight.
    • The room was dark, but the blinds were open, and the woman in the bed was bathed in the cold white light of moonlight.

verb (past and past participle moonlighted)

[no object] informal Back to top  
  • Have a second job, typically secretly and at night, in addition to one’s regular employment: he had been moonlighting for a rival tabloid
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    • To support himself during the first few months, he found work moonlighting as a telemarketer and cutting down trees on weekends.
    • 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.



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  • I'm on oncology cross-cover tonight, but since last I covered oncology, I think the hospital has been hiring moonlighters to cover part of the service overnight in addition to the slotted resident.
  • Many are reluctant moonlighters, working as caterers, architects, or accountants to support their commitment to their art.
  • Once upon a time, Bruce was a moonlighter.

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