honeymoon [huhn-ee-moon] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- 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;+ Related formshon·ey·moon·er, noun Examples from the Web for honeymoon Contemporary Examples of honeymoon
There is no word on where or when the Clooneys might honeymoon, but the power couple surely will have to get back to work.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 28, 2014
There is no word where the newlyweds will spend their honeymoon.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 27, 2014
They take you up to the honeymoon, and then leave you there.
September 19, 2014
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent their honeymoon in Ballyfin house, one of Ireland’s most stunning and exclusive stately homes.
May 30, 2014
Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez’s PDA-Filled Holiday: The honeymoon phase rages on.
The Fashion Beast Team
March 31, 2014
Historical Examples of honeymoon
The honeymoon will be spent at the town-house of the groom, in York Terrace.
Harry Leon Wilson
Our honeymoon—years of it—will be spent in the Nomad, roving the universe.
Sir W.: Then the honeymoon is not so great a success, after all?
We were on our honeymoon journey, and we came across him in Paris.
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then, a little later, Roger and she went off to spend a honeymoon in Normandy.
St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for honeymoon honeymoon noun
- a holiday taken by a newly married couple
- (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, nounWord Origin for honeymoon C16: traditionally explained as an allusion to the feelings of married couples as changing with the phases of the moon Word Origin and History for honeymoon n.
1540s, hony moone, but probably much older, “indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple,” from(n.) in reference to the new marriage’s sweetness, and (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.