honeymoon at


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 ).

1540–50; honey + moon

honeymooner, noun
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honeymoon (ˈhʌnɪˌmuːn)
1.  a.  a holiday taken by a newly married couple
 b.  (as modifier): a honeymoon cottage
2.  a holiday considered to resemble a honeymoon: a second honeymoon
3.  the early, usually calm period of a relationship, such as a political or business one
4.  (intr) to take a 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 & History

1546, hony moone, but probably much older, from honey in reference to the new marriage's sweetness, and moon 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. Fr. has cognate lune de miel, but Ger. version is flitterwochen
(pl.), from flitter "tinsel."
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