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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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Examples from the web for honeymoon
  • If it was less than a year, that is really a honeymoon phase.
  • Everyone invited to a wedding should call upon the bride on her return from the honeymoon.
  • Megan has kindly included me on her roster of honeymoon guest bloggers.
  • It turns out it was released the day after he was married, and that's what the hotel band played every night on his honeymoon.
  • The honeymoon started in the town's best bars, university clubs, and quality hotels.
  • honeymoon clichés notwithstanding, this is a don't-miss spot.
  • One couple even chose this trip for their honeymoon.
  • She might be wise to make use of her political honeymoon.
  • Underpinning the broadly positive view of the budget is a broadly positive view of a government still on its honeymoon.
  • Deciding on a honeymoon location is often one of the first difficult decisions that married couples have to make.
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
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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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