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[huhn-ee-moon] /ˈhʌn iˌmun/
a vacation or trip taken by a newly married couple.
the month or so following a marriage.
any period of blissful harmony:
Their entire 60 years of marriage was one long honeymoon.
any new relationship characterized by an initial period of harmony and goodwill:
The honeymoon between Congress and the new president was over.
verb (used without object)
to spend one's honeymoon (usually followed by in or at).
Origin of honeymoon
1540-50; honey + moon
Related forms
honeymooner, noun Unabridged
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  • The man who takes his bride to Paris for the honeymoon does not really love her.

  • Everything was forgotten, and we were like a pair of honeymoon lovers.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • Which European drama requires most doors for its honeymoon farces?

  • Taken together they were the seven only possible spots for a honeymoon.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Then the young couple planned to go immediately to Athens without the formality of a honeymoon.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
British Dictionary definitions for honeymoon


  1. a holiday taken by a newly married couple
  2. (as modifier): a honeymoon cottage
a holiday considered to resemble a honeymoon: a second honeymoon
the early, usually calm period of a relationship, such as a political or business one
(intransitive) to take a honeymoon
Derived Forms
honeymooner, noun
Word Origin
C16: traditionally explained as an allusion to the feelings of married couples as changing with the phases of the moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for honeymoon

1540s, hony moone, but probably much older, "indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple," from honey (n.) in reference to the new marriage's sweetness, and moon (n.) in reference to how long it would probably last, or from the changing aspect of the moon: no sooner full than it begins to wane. French has cognate lune de miel, but German version is flitterwochen (plural), from flitter "tinsel" + wochen "week." In figurative use from 1570s. Specific sense of "post-wedding holiday" attested from c.1800; as a verb in this sense from 1821. Related: Honeymooned; honeymooning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for honeymoon



An early stage in a project or activity before there are problems and disagreements: honeymoon is over when the new employee has his bearings

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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