honeymoon [huhn-ee-moon] ExamplesWord Origin 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)

  1. to spend one’s honeymoon (usually followed by in or at).

Origin of honeymoon First recorded in 1540–50; honey + moon 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.

    After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    September 28, 2014

  • There is no word where the newlyweds will spend their honeymoon.

    In Run-Up to Wedding of George & Amal, Celebs and Paparazzi Stir Up the Canals of Venice

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    September 27, 2014

  • They take you up to the honeymoon, and then leave you there.

    Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?

    David Masciotra

    September 19, 2014

  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent their honeymoon in Ballyfin house, one of Ireland’s most stunning and exclusive stately homes.

    Kanye and Kim’s Irish Honeymoon Hideaway

    Tom Sykes

    May 30, 2014

  • Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez’s PDA-Filled Holiday: The honeymoon phase rages on.

    Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez’s PDA-Filled Holiday; Emma Watson Talks Pressures of Fashion Industry

    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.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Our honeymoon—years of it—will be spent in the Nomad, roving the universe.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930


  • Sir W.: Then the honeymoon is not so great a success, after all?

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893


  • We were on our honeymoon journey, and we came across him in Paris.

    A Writer’s Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Then, a little later, Roger and she went off to spend a honeymoon in Normandy.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • British Dictionary definitions for honeymoon honeymoon noun

      1. a holiday taken by a newly married couple
      2. (as modifier)a honeymoon cottage
    1. a holiday considered to resemble a honeymoona second honeymoon
    2. the early, usually calm period of a relationship, such as a political or business one


    1. (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 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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