from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To go on a honeymoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To keep one's honeymoon; take a wedding-trip.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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)
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  • I have heard whichbe 's explanation in an English class, as well, and was hoping to confirm it once again on this site. Thank you! If you happen to know the etymology for the whole nine yards I would be grateful giggling words.

    July 10, 2014

  • Congratulations b-c. Where going for honey month?

    June 1, 2010

  • Is that right about the Babylonian mead? I haven't found a full and satisfactory etymology yet, but I've just discovered the Russian equivalent is "медовый месяц" — "honey month", so there must be a literal honey related origin?

    Anyhoo, tbtabby you're probably right. I am soon to find out.

    June 1, 2010

  • The brief period between "I do" and "you'd better."

    June 16, 2009

  • Derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding.

    May 7, 2008