American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A holiday or trip taken by a newly married couple.
- n. An early harmonious period in a relationship: The honeymoon between the new President and the press was soon over.
- v. To go on a honeymoon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first month after marriage; the interval, of whatever length, commonly spent by a newly married couple in traveling, visiting, or other recreation, before settling down to their ordinary occupations.
- n. Hence A time of prosperity or enjoyment; an occasion of advantage.
- To keep one's honeymoon; take a wedding-trip.
- n. The period of time immediately following a marriage.
- n. A trip taken by a newly married couple during this period.
- n. A period of unusually mild feelings, especially immediately following the start of a new term or relationship (e.g. a newly elected politician or a new business arrangement).
- v. To have a honeymoon (a trip taken by a couple after wedding).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The first month after marriage.
- n. A vacation taken together by a newly married couple, usually including a trip away from home.
- n. Any initial period of harmony after two or more people or organizations begin working together.
- v. spend a holiday after one's marriage
- n. the early (usually calm and harmonious) period of a relationship; business or political
- n. a holiday taken by a newly married couple
- Disputed. Theories (in order of likelihood): (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from a comparison of the moon, which wanes as soon as it is full, to the affections of a newly married couple, which are most tender right after marriage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every president before Obama has had what they call a honeymoon period.”
“And maybe during what they call the honeymoon period, she could, you know, talk to the powers that be out of 500 bucks so we could go to Ikea and get some furniture.”
“And then they get married at last, and everybody comes and watches them get married, and makes more silly jokes, and they go away for what they call a honeymoon, and they tell everybody -- they shout it out in the newspapers -- _where_ they are going for their honeymoon; and then they come back and start talking about bread-sauce.”
“Nonetheless, this is what we call the honeymoon period.”
“The "honeymoon" is over for some people (surveyed 1,136 voters, wow that's the entire state!).”
“The word "honeymoon" is traceable to a Teutonic origin.”
“Well the honeymoon is over, this President now owns this nation's challanges.”
“Finally, honeymoon is over and reality sets in .... and it will only get worst I would imagine.”
“The media honeymoon is starting to end ... and then we will see how many campaign promises were actually kept by 'the savior'.”
“The honeymoon: No traditional honeymoon is planned, but in October, the newlyweds will travel to China for two weeks to celebrate their marriage with more of Wendy's family and friends.”
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