• (America) IPA: /ˈhʌn.iˌmun/

honeymoon (plural honeymoons)

  1. The period of time immediately following a marriage.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter XXII: A New Departure in Flavorings,
      The new minister and his wife were a young, pleasant-faced couple, still on their honeymoon, and full of all good and beautiful enthusiasms for their chosen lifework.
  2. A trip taken by a newly married couple during this period.
    We went to Greece for our honeymoon.
  3. A period of goodwill at the beginning of a new term or relationship (e.g. towards a newly elected politician or in respect of a new business arrangement).
    Now that the honeymoon is over, it’s time for us to get down to the business at hand.
    The honeymoon period came to a swift end when the legislation was introduced.
    • 1977 January 12, Gerald Ford, Ford's farewell address,
      It was here, surrounded by such friends, that the distinguished Chief Justice swore me in as Vice President on December 6, 1973. It was here I returned 8 months later as your President to ask not for a honeymoon, but for a good marriage.
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  • Russian: медо́вый ме́сяц

honeymoon (honeymoons, present participle honeymooning; past and past participle honeymooned)

  1. To have a honeymoon (a trip taken by a couple after wedding).
    My parents honeymooned at Niagara falls.
    • 1916, Jack London, The Little Lady of the Big House, Chapter XVIII,
      No sooner were they married than Dick fitted out his schooner, the All Away, and away the blessed pair of them went, honeymooning from Bordeaux to Hongkong.

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