AskDefine | Define moonlight

Dictionary Definition

moonlight n : the light of the moon; "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy"; "the moon was bright enough to read by" [syn: moonshine, moon] v : work a second job, usually after hours; "The law student is moonlighting as a taxi driver"

User Contributed Dictionary



As a surname Monelight in 1337, as Mone lith about 1300. Compound of mone "moon" + lith "light".



  1. The light reflected from the moon.
  2. In the context of "attributive": Illuminated by the light from the moon.


light reflected from the moon
  • Finnish: kuutamo, kuunvalo
  • Hungarian: holdfény, holdvilág
  • Russian: лунный свет
attributive: illuminated by the light from the moon


  1. To work at a secondary job, usually in the evening or during the night.

Derived terms


to work at a secondary job


Extensive Definition

For the 2007 CBS TV series, see Moonlight (TV series).
Moonlight is the light that comes to Earth from the Moon. This light does not originate from the Moon, but is actually reflected sunlight. The "intensity" of moonlight varies greatly depending on the current lunar phase, but even the full moon typically provides only a faint illumination of about 0.2 lx, so the full moon is about 500,000 times fainter than the sun. When the moon is viewed at high altitude at tropical latitudes, the illuminance can reach 1 lx. The color of moonlight, particularly near full moon, appears bluish to the human eye compared to most artificial light sources.
Moonlight is considered by many people to be more romantic than sunlight. For example, it is referenced in several love songs.
moonlight in German: Mondlicht
moonlight in Spanish: Claro de luna
moonlight in Galician: Luar
moonlight in Latvian: Mēness gaisma
moonlight in Malayalam: നിലാവ്
moonlight in Dutch: Maanlicht
moonlight in Japanese: 月の光
moonlight in Vietnamese: Ánh trăng

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be employed, bootleg, brew, carry on business, distill, do business, follow a trade, have a job, keep up, labor, moonbeam, moonglow, moonshine, practice a profession, set up shop, stay employed, toil, transact business, work, work at, work for
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