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honeymoon

[huhn-ee-moon] /ˈhʌn iˌmun/
noun
1.
a vacation or trip taken by a newly married couple.
2.
the month or so following a marriage.
3.
any period of blissful harmony:
Their entire 60 years of marriage was one long honeymoon.
4.
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)
5.
to spend one's honeymoon (usually followed by in or at).
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; honey + moon
Related forms
honeymooner, noun
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honeymoon

/ˈhʌnɪˌmuːn/
noun
1.
  1. a holiday taken by a newly married couple
  2. (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
verb
4.
(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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honeymoon

n.

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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honeymoon

noun

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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