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[loo-nuh] /ˈlu nə/
the ancient Roman goddess personifying the moon, sometimes identified with Diana.
(in alchemy) silver.
(lowercase). Also, lunette. Ecclesiastical. the crescent-shaped receptacle within the monstrance, for holding the consecrated Host in an upright position.
Origin of Luna
< Latin lūna the moon Unabridged
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  • Olive rested her eyes for some moments upon Mrs. Luna, without speaking.

  • That we 'll all go back and lunch at the 'Luna;' for there's no-nothing to fight about.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • He followed Luna up the stairs to the outer door, and watched the big mill foreman as he walked down the trail to the mill.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • Now go on and tell them about the old man in the dome-house on Luna.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Her oars lapped the waves and sent back their brave message as she turned into the cove that faced Luna Land.

British Dictionary definitions for Luna


the alchemical name for silver
the Roman goddess of the moon Greek counterpart Selene
Word Origin
from Latin: moon


any of a series of Soviet lunar space-probes, one of which, Luna 9, made the first soft landing on the moon (1966)
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Word Origin and History for Luna

late 14c. "moon," also an alchemical name for "silver;" from Latin luna "moon, goddess of the moon," from *leuksna- (cf. Old Church Slavonic luna "moon," Old Prussian lauxnos "stars," Middle Irish luan "light, moon"), from the same source as lux, lumen "light," lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). The luna moth (1841, American English) so called for the crescent-shaped markings on its wings. Lunarian (1708) was an early word for "inhabitant of the moon."

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