Etymology
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honeymoon (n.)

"indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple," 1540s (hony moone), but probably older, from honey (n.) in reference to the new marriage's sweetness, and moon (n.) "month" in reference to how long it probably will last, or from the changing aspect of the moon: no sooner full than it begins to wane. French has cognate lune de miel, but German version is flitterwochen (plural), from flitter "tinsel" + wochen "week." In figurative use from 1570s. Specific sense of "post-wedding holiday" attested from c. 1800.

honeymoon (v.)

"take a wedding trip," 1821, from honeymoon (n.). Related: Honeymooned; honeymooning; honeymooner. The first TV "Honeymooners" sketch aired in 1951.

updated on August 13, 2015

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Definitions of honeymoon from WordNet
1
honeymoon (n.)
a holiday taken by a newly married couple;
honeymoon (n.)
the early (usually calm and harmonious) period of a relationship; business or political;
2
honeymoon (v.)
spend a holiday after one's marriage;
they plan to honeymoon in Hawai'i
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.