Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The full moon that occurs nearest the autumnal equinox.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The first full moon of autumn by a tropical year.
  • n. The full moon nearest the autumn equinox, when the moon rises the latest and lowest in the sky and seems to appear the biggest, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the moon near the full at the time of harvest in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several days.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the full moon nearest the September equinox

Etymologies

Extra light provides longer hours for the harvesting that occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An orange harvest moon lights the semideserted highway, and my confidence in my ability to reach home, all in one piece, grows with every mile left dissolved in my wake.

    Ellen Hopkins: Crank Trilogy

  • It seems there should have been a harvest moon that night, but not a cuff link of moonlight was in evidence.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The company adjourned with a rush, the rear being brought up by the poodle, who seemed quite used to the proceedings; and there under the verandah, framed with passion flowers and geraniums, the Doctor had gathered mats, rugs, cushions, and arm-chairs, for the party; while far up in the sky, a yellow-faced harvest moon looked down in awful benignity.

    The Brownies and Other Tales

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  • Full moon of September, corresponding to the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month.

    July 16, 2009

  • "shine on, shine on harvest moon..."

    who was that song by – Rudy Valee?

    June 20, 2009