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  1. The period of time immediately following a marriage.
  2. A trip taken by a newly married couple during this period.
  3. A period of unusually mild feelings, especially immediately following the start of a new term or relationship (e.g., in business). Now that the honeymoon is over, it’s time for us to get down to the business at hand.

A honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion. Today, honeymoons are usually celebrated somewhere exotic or otherwise considered special and romantic.

Namesakes

Etymology

Disputed. Theories (in order of likelihood):

  • Compares, in a cynical fashion, a full moon to the love of a newly married couple, which is sweetest (as honey) before it begins to wane. (16th century)
  • Refers to a tradition of giving a newly married couple mead (a honey-based alcoholic drink) to be consumed during the first month of marriage.




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