Definition of honeymoon in English:

honeymoon

noun

  • 1A holiday spent together by a newly married couple.

    ‘they flew to the West Indies on honeymoon’
    • ‘When the couple set off on their honeymoon, Caroline was dismayed to find that a photographer had been hired to go to Tahiti with them.’
    • ‘His sister and Charlie were still on their honeymoon, and he very much doubted that Leanne would be much of a comfort if she dared to come at all.’
    • ‘A couple on their honeymoon are driving through a remote part of America in a mini-bus.’
    • ‘The happy couple have gone to the U.S.A. on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘The couple visited New York and Florida on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘He and his 28-year-old wife were on their honeymoon, having got married just three days earlier.’
    • ‘This was his favorite picture; it was taken on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘The happy couple are on honeymoon in Tunisia at present.’
    • ‘The couple, who spent two weeks in Italy on their honeymoon, are planning a blessing service later in the year.’
    • ‘She had wanted to go there on their honeymoon in 1927, but they had been too poor.’
    • ‘Michael tries to stop the wedding, but arrives too late; Kyle and Natalie have already left on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘The wedding reception was held at the Tower Hotel and the happy couple are now on honeymoon in Florida.’
    • ‘The young couple went to Mauritius on their honeymoon and we wish them all the very best.’
    • ‘The reception was held in the Woodlands Hotel and the happy couple spent a month travelling Australia on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘The married couple can open the bottles to toast on their honeymoon, or save them for a milestone anniversary.’
    • ‘The happy couple are presently on honeymoon in Florida.’
    • ‘Believing them to be a young couple on their honeymoon the Carrolls offered to change places with them but the couple declined.’
    • ‘The reception was held at the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport and afterwards the happy couple left on their honeymoon.’
    • ‘As anyone who's been there on their honeymoon will tell you, most of the 200-odd islands that make up the Maldives are pretty small.’
    perfect time, ideal time, wonderful time, moment of bliss
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    1. 1.1often as modifier An initial period of enthusiasm or goodwill, typically at the start of a new job.
      ‘the new President's honeymoon period’
      • ‘This honeymoon period was brought to an end by the outbreak of war in Korea.’
      • ‘The uselessness of the Metro Rail system will be clearly visible once the honeymoon period is over.’
      • ‘He realises that he will be granted a honeymoon period, but that he will also be required to produce results.’
      • ‘It just feels like an extraordinary honeymoon period.’
      • ‘And with the honeymoon period growing ever shorter, new CEOs have little time to get up to speed.’
      • ‘Right now, they tell me, I am in the honeymoon period.’
      • ‘This is perhaps the first sign that the new President’s extraordinary honeymoon with the public is reaching the end.’
      • ‘But those first few days turned out to be the honeymoon period.’
      • ‘After all, a new president enjoys a honeymoon period of three months at most.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We didn't even have a honeymoon period after he came.’
      • ‘Although still enjoying a honeymoon period with the press and public, on the training ground he has made it clear early on who is in charge.’
      • ‘The new leader is currently enjoying a honeymoon period.’
      • ‘For the Prime Minister the honeymoon period is over and, like his party, he will be judged by improvements in services.’
      • ‘The European Championships qualifier with Turkey was a good performance but the honeymoon period seems to have run out for the England manager.’
      • ‘The honeymoon period didn't last very long for the new manager - but in football it never does.’
      • ‘But, like football managers, his honeymoon period will be short-lived unless he delivers.’
      • ‘Swept to power on a huge wave of popular support in April his honeymoon period is still far from over with opinion polls giving him exceptionally high ratings.’
      • ‘That will certainly help him during his honeymoon period.’
      • ‘By the summer of '92, their honeymoon period was well and truly over.’
      • ‘It marks the end of the honeymoon period and no doubt his opponents will mark the occasion by starting to think about pulling off their gloves.’

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of place Spend a honeymoon.

    ‘they are honeymooning in the south of France’
    • ‘At the moment they are honeymooning in the tropics, so let's hope they bring back the sunshine.’
    • ‘The reception was held at the Springhill Court Hotel and the newlyweds are honeymooning in Mexico.’
    • ‘Our beautiful Doctor Claire is indeed honeymooning in the Maldives.’
    • ‘Clearly, honeymooning in Paris was all the rage back in the late 1960s.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the newlyweds, who are honeymooning in Jasper.’
    • ‘Eastwood honeymooned in Carmel in 1953 and later bought a home there.’
    • ‘Wendy's brother and sister-in-law were honeymooning in Thailand.’
    • ‘Now it's a little hard to imagine honeymooning here except in an ironic way.’
    • ‘They honeymooned in Fiji and will live in Atlanta.’
    • ‘After honeymooning in Aruba, they will live in Decatur.’
    • ‘The newlyweds will spend two weeks honeymooning in California.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a pair of Hampshire newlyweds who were honeymooning in the Maldives have assured their families they are safe and well.’
    • ‘The newlyweds celebrated their love by honeymooning in Amsterdam, Holland.’
    • ‘Peter and Caroline are now honeymooning in Mexico and everybody wishes them well.’
    • ‘If you're ever honeymooning in a foreign land, odds are strangely good that you'll meet other honeymooners who live remarkably close by.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trevor and Sharon are honeymooning in New York and the Caribbean and we wish them a healthy and happy future.’
    • ‘He was honeymooning with his fifth wife, Lily, who was twenty-three.’
    • ‘The newlyweds will be honeymooning in Italy, which has become one of their favourite destinations.’
    • ‘The couple married in Manchester watched by friends and family and are now honeymooning in Barbados.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

honeymoon

/ˈhʌnɪmuːn/