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)



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  • 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