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).

Nearby words

  1. honeydew melon,
  2. honeyeater,
  3. honeyed,
  4. honeyedly,
  5. honeyguide,
  6. honeymoon bridge,
  7. honeymoon is over, the,
  8. honeypot,
  9. honeysucker,
  10. honeysuckle

Origin of honeymoon

First recorded in 1540–50; honey + moon

Related formshon·ey·moon·er, noun

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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 honeymoona second honeymoon
the early, usually calm period of a relationship, such as a political or business one


(intr) to take a honeymoon
Derived Formshoneymooner, noun

Word Origin for honeymoon

C16: traditionally explained as an allusion to the feelings of married couples as changing with the phases of the moon

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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.

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