Definition of honeymoon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌnimuːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌnimuːn//
    [usually singular] Marriage
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  1. 1a holiday/vacation taken by a couple who have just got married We went to Venice for our honeymoon. They're on their honeymoon. Wordfinderbreak, camp, cruise, holiday, honeymoon, package tour, self-catering, tourist, travel, visa Wordfinderbest man, bride, ceremony, engaged, honeymoon, marriage, propose, reception, stag night, wedding See related entries: Marriage
  2. 2the period of time at the start of a new activity when nobody is criticized and people feel enthusiastic The honeymoon period for the government is now over.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (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’.Extra examples The honeymoon was over and the reality of what she had taken on began to dawn. There was always a honeymoon period when Mum started a new job. They can’t decide where to go for their honeymoon. They go on honeymoon the day after the wedding. We had a brief honeymoon in Paris. While on honeymoon in Bali, she learned to scuba dive.
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