[ 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

First recorded in 1540–50; honey + moon


hon·ey·moon·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for honeymoon

/ (ˈhʌnɪˌmuːn) /


  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 forms of honeymoon

honeymooner, 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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