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moonlight Syllabification: moon·light
Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞onˌlīt/

Definition of moonlight in English:


The light of the moon: I wanted you to see the courtyard by moonlight [as modifier]: a moonlight stroll
More example sentences
  • 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 in addition to one’s regular employment: many instructors moonlight as professional consultants
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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.


Pronunciation: /ˈmo͞onˌlīdər/
Example sentences
  • 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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