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/ ˈhʌn iˌmun /

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a vacation or trip taken by a newly married couple (often used attributively): After you've said "I do," why not escape to a dream honeymoon in Greece? Relax and kindle the flame of passion in one of our honeymoon suites.

a period of harmony at the beginning of a marriage: After the initial honeymoon, there may be a temptation to let routine take over.

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): In a few months we’ll be honeymooning in New Zealand, and we can't wait!



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Origin of honeymoon

First recorded in 1540–50; honey + moon


hon·ey·moon·er, noun

Words nearby honeymoon

honey fungus, honey gilding, honey guide, honey locust, honey mesquite, honeymoon, honeymoon bridge, honey mouse, honey mushroom, honey plant, honeypot

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How to use honeymoon in a sentence

  • Bezos’s likely Amazon successor is an executive made in Bezos’s imageAs Klobuchar and other Amazon critics made clear when the executive transition was announced Tuesday, Jassy won’t get any sort of honeymoon period when he assumes his new post.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘s successor will inherit his challenges|Jay Greene, Cat Zakrzewski|February 4, 2021|Washington Post

  • On the one hand, that could be unique to him since he was a historically unpopular presidential candidate, but on the other hand, there were signs that presidential honeymoon periods were shrinking even before him.

    Is The Presidential Honeymoon Over?|Geoffrey Skelley ([email protected])|January 26, 2021|FiveThirtyEight

  • The honeymoon is far from over for Wanda and Vision, and for Marvel Studios.

    ‘WandaVision’ on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple|David Betancourt|January 15, 2021|Washington Post

  • It wasn’t my whole honeymoon, but I did get to spend several days where the whole day could be dedicated to writing and that really helped.

    Alexi Pappas's New Book Tackles the Heavy Stuff|Molly Mirhashem|January 11, 2021|Outside Online

  • They learned that the band Tame Impala would be playing a series of California shows in early March, and figured a road trip through the desert following their wedding at M3F — to see the band two days later — would make a great honeymoon.

    Going to a Festival … and Gonna Get Married|Joshua Eferighe|October 16, 2020|Ozy

  • 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|DAILY BEAST

  • 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|DAILY BEAST

  • 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|DAILY BEAST

  • 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|DAILY BEAST

  • 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|DAILY BEAST

  • The bride and bridegroom will leave us after the breakfast to pass their honeymoon at the Lakes.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope

  • Still, she came quite to like him in time; and when they were married, Pepper went with them for the honeymoon.'

    The Talking Horse|F. Anstey

  • Judy says he was yawnin' afore they got to the station on their honeymoon.

    Susan Clegg and a Man in the House|Anne Warner

  • I shouldn't think of ever going on a honeymoon without them.

    Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • But I cannot go off on a honeymoon unless I leave her in safety.

    Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for honeymoon


/ (ˈhʌnɪˌmuːn) /


  1. a holiday taken by a newly married couple
  2. (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 forms of honeymoon

honeymooner, noun

Word Origin for honeymoon

C16: traditionally explained as an allusion to the feelings of married couples as changing with the phases of the moon

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Honeymoon Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

hon·​ey·​moon ˈhə-nē-ˌmün 


: a period of harmony immediately following marriage


: a period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship


: a trip or vacation taken by a newly married couple

honeymoon intransitive verb

honeymooner noun

Example Sentences

Where are you going on your honeymoon?

Recent Examples on the Web The couple plans to enjoy their honeymoon during Arriola's off-season, as the season for FC Dallas kicks off on Feb. 25 in a match against Minnesota, and will run until at least October. —Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2023 The Rams have lost most of their firepower and have nothing to play for after their Super Bowl honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare. —Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2023 Their honeymoon cruise was hit by Covid in early 2020. —Maureen O'hare, CNN, 7 Jan. 2023 The two couples met for a reconciliatory tea at Kensington Palace after Meghan and Harry’s honeymoon. —Time, 6 Jan. 2023 Christmas in the Caribbean (December 2, on demand) After getting ditched at the altar, hopeless romantics Rachel and her two bridesmaids tag along on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. —Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 25 Dec. 2022 Eager to focus on her business through the rest of the year, Carly and Oliver postponed their honeymoon. —Leena Kim, Town & Country, 21 Dec. 2022 Louis was enough of a star in high school that in 1976 Rick Pitino, then an assistant coach at Syracuse, postponed his honeymoon and instead flew from New York to Cincinnati after his wedding to recruit Orr. —Alex Traub, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2022 In this comedy, a couple’s honeymoon in Venice turns disastrous when a friend tags along and a gangster falls for the new bride. —Dallas News, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


from the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hon·​ey·​moon ˈhən-ē-ˌmün 


: a trip or vacation taken by a newly married couple


: the time immediately after marriage


: a pleasant period after the start of something (as a relationship)

honeymoon verb

honeymooner noun

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.. What is Honeymoon?

conventional name for the first month of married life. This is a period of maximum tenderness and love, "grinding" characters, laying the foundations for harmonious sexual relations, creating a new way of life and changing relationships with parents and friends. Its length does not have to be equal to a month, it can last more or less, depending on what kind of relationship develops between the newlyweds. The family makes new demands on both newlyweds, however, during the first month of marriage, these requirements are not yet as strict and tough as in the future. It is useful for each of the spouses and for the family as a whole to spend a honeymoon on a honeymoon trip, which will allow you not to plunge too abruptly and not too deeply into family life. nine0003 Honeymoon is a period of addiction, the time of maximum activity in sexual life, the awakening of a young woman's sexual desire. As a rule, in men, the physical (sensual, biological) component of sexual desire predominates, in women - the psychological (personal). Men have a very clearly expressed sexual libido, while a woman before marriage is most often completely unfamiliar (that is, there is no desire for sexual intercourse), they are attracted to caresses, kisses, gentle words. Only about 20% of girls aged 16-18 are able to experience an orgasm even before the onset of sexual activity. This usually happens during erotic dreams, when a girl dreams of hugs, kisses, sometimes even sexual intercourse with both familiar and unfamiliar men or young men. Such girls, having married, faster than their peers begin to experience sexual satisfaction from sexual intimacy than women who have not seen erotic dreams. nine0003 Ideally, during a honeymoon or some other fixed period, a young husband can arouse passion in his wife, teach her sexual love, do everything so that she is able not only to give pleasure to him, but also to experience pleasure herself. Even in women with a certain sexual experience and without the slightest sexual disorder, an orgasm does not occur with every sexual intercourse. During the honeymoon, this is even rarer. That is why on a honeymoon, when a man’s sexual arousal is greatest, he should nevertheless try to bring maximum pleasure to his wife, observe certain conditions - be less selfish (show more altruism in intimate relationships), care more about the woman’s feelings than about his own, pay more attention to the stimulation of her erogenous zones, say gentle words (a woman "loves with her ears"), which have an effect comparable to many caresses. Before marriage, most women have a narrow range of acceptability. nine0003 Many girls and young women, due to their innate modesty and wrong upbringing, consider erotic caresses, love play much less acceptable than the sexual act itself. In this situation, the husband has to make some efforts to convince the young woman of the opposite and bring her range of acceptability closer to his own. Of certain importance for the "sexual awakening" of a woman in the first month of family life are also the conditions in which the honeymoon takes place, and even a more local factor - the conditions in which intimacy is carried out. The unlocked door, the creaking of the bed, the curtains on the windows that do not cover anything distract the woman's attention, do not allow her to focus on her own experiences, to completely surrender to love passion. Quite often, the reason that prevents the appearance of passion, sexual desire in a young wife is painful sensations in the genitals. Natural shyness, modesty make a woman hide her pain, keep silent about her feelings and, yielding to her husband's insistence, agree to intimacy. In this case, the absence of positive emotions during sexual intercourse will not only not contribute to the achievement of orgasm these days, but may also be fixed in the mind for the future. nine0003 For some honeymoon couples, contraception is a significant issue.
Often, newlyweds use only one method of protection - interrupted sexual intercourse, which does not contribute to a woman feeling relaxed during intimacy, completely surrendering to her feelings. Constant control of sensations, constant vigilance for the slightest changes in the tension of the penis does not allow her to reach orgasm even with a strong sexual constitution. Young people get complete looseness and freedom in their actions only with the right choice of contraceptives. In the first days of living together, the first quarrels and conflicts may occur. This is a natural phenomenon, characteristic of the union of people with established habits, attachments, views. Over time, as the characters "grind", if parents do not intervene and love is strong enough, family tensions disappear. Just like the wedding night, the honeymoon is an important stage in the future family life, it determines a lot not only in further sexual relations, but also in whether the family will develop in principle. nine0008

(Source: Sexological Dictionary)

, the initial, relatively short period of the couple's life together. Usually characterized by increased emotionality, a special intensity of sexual intercourse.

(Source: Glossary of Sexual Terms)

why is honeymoon called that?

The honeymoon is one of the favorite wedding traditions in Western culture, perhaps more important than the wedding day itself.

As a rule, a honeymoon means a honeymoon vacation or a honeymoon trip, when the newlyweds spend all the time together. But why the "honeymoon"? We understand where the name of this tradition came from and how it has changed in our times. nine0022

Historical mystery

Scholars are still debating why the first month after marriage is called "honey". For a long time, this name was associated with the Scandinavian and Teutonic marriage rites, when the newlyweds were given festive honey to drink on their wedding day, which was supposed to seal their love. It was assumed that the miraculous effect of bonding the bonds of marriage was supposed to act for just a month. Apparently, in case the bride and groom first saw each other on their wedding day. nine0008

But here's the problem: it was not possible to trace the real historical route of this ritual, and the phrase "honeymoon" itself was first discovered in written sources in Great Britain in 1546.

The idea with Scandinavian and knightly roots of the phrase shallows. The authors of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary believe that "honeymoon" is a reference to the saying "The first month of marriage is the sweetest".

In the Oxford Dictionary, the authors are inclined to believe that the "month" was more a metaphor for the feelings of the newlyweds, which tend to change like the phases of the moon - from fullness to absolute disappearance. nine0008

However, one way or another, the "honeymoon" reached the present in its positive meaning. In the 19th century, it became so strongly associated with honeymoon travel that it sparked a boom in mass tourism.

New traditions

In modern times, "honeymoon" is also associated with the trip of newlyweds to take a break from wedding troubles. Someone chooses to travel to tropical countries, someone prefers not to leave their native country. But if the newlyweds cannot agree at all, then they just arrange solomoon - an individual honeymoon trip without your significant other. This practice was first described in 2019 in The New York Times in New Zealand.

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Wedding traditions often become a laughing stock. Here are a few films worth watching so as not to go too far with templates.

Mamma Mia!

One of the most touching moments of the wedding ceremony is when the father leads the bride to the altar. But what if the bride does not know her father, and there are three potential candidates for this role? Of course, invite all three and sort it out already on the spot under the immortal hits of ABBA. nine0008

“My big Greek wedding”

One of the main tests for newlyweds is the behavior of relatives. The main character, an American, decided to marry a Greek woman, but life did not prepare him to get to know her family and traditions.

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