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[moon-lit] /ˈmunˌlɪt/
lighted by the moon.
Origin of moonlit
1820-30; moon + lit1 Unabridged
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  • The tall, slender stems of the yucca and infrequent clumps of dwarfed cacti cast clear-edged shadows on the bare, moonlit ground.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • So that is why you have been lying so quiet under the trees these moonlit nights!

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • "So'm I," said I, looking out of the window over a moonlit sea.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • I followed, not into the moonlit night, but through a cavernous opening into darkness.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The shadow of the shovel-hat at that very instant fell on a moonlit tomb.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • And then, in the evening, were moonlit walks with Mrs. Felix Lorraine!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He looked musingly at the moonlit waters, musingly at the starlit sky.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • All that moonlit night, while the cannonade proceeded, the Americans had been busy.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for moonlit


illuminated by the moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moonlit

1830 (first attested in Tennyson), from moon (n.) + lit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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