Definition of honeymoon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhənēˌmo͞on/


1A vacation spent together by a newly married couple: romantic hand-holding breakfasts together on their honeymoon
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  • A couple on their honeymoon are driving through a remote part of America in a mini-bus.
  • The reception was held at the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport and afterwards the happy couple left on their honeymoon.
  • He and his 28-year-old wife were on their honeymoon, having got married just three days earlier.
1.1 [often as modifier] An initial period of enthusiasm or goodwill, typically at the start of a new job: the new president’s honeymoon period
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  • After all, a new president enjoys a honeymoon period of three months at most.
  • But those first few days turned out to be the honeymoon period.
  • Even when he was enjoying a honeymoon period in the job in the early months of the season, O'Leary was sensitive about his image and that of his players.


[no object]
Spend a honeymoon: they are honeymooning in the south of France
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  • The newlyweds will spend two weeks honeymooning in California.
  • More than 300 guests attended the reception in Knockranny House Hotel and the new Mr. and Mrs. Holmes are currently honeymooning at an undisclosed location.
  • After honeymooning in Aruba, they will live in Decatur.



Pronunciation: /ˈhənēˌmo͞onər/
Example sentences
  • Long known as a paradise for surfers, beach-goers and honeymooners, Bali is fast becoming a haven for couples wishing to take that great leap forward into shared commitment.
  • It is ideal for adventure travelers, honeymooners, and weary business travelers in search of a different type of holiday.
  • The long guest list includes honeymooners Richard and Pat Nixon.


Mid 16th century (originally denoting the period of time following a wedding): from honey + moon. The original reference was to affection waning like the moon, but later the sense became 'the first month after marriage'.

  • In the 16th century the first month of a couple's marriage was their honeymoon whether or not they went away on holiday—very few then did. The original reference was not to a ‘moon’ or month at all, but to ‘sweet’ affection changing like the moon.

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