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
- 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.
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)
Disputed. Theories (in order of likelihood): (Wiktionary)