The word honeymoon dates back to the 1500s and has taken on a wider meaning since that time. It is a closed compound word, which is a word composed of two words joined together without hyphens or spaces. We will examine the definition of the word honeymoon, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

The word honeymoon is most commonly used to mean a vacation taken by a newly married couple, usually immediately following the marriage ceremony. However the term honeymoon has also come to mean a short period of goodwill and enthusiasm at the beginning of a new endeavor, especially at the beginning of a new job. Honeymoon may be used as a noun or verb, related words are honeymoons, honeymooned, honeymooning, honeymooner. The word honeymoon first appeared in the 1540s as hony moone, referring to the honey or sweetness of a new marriage, but also the fleeting aspect of happiness and the expectation that the feeling will change with the waning moon. Honeymoon was first used to mean a vacation taken by a newly married couple at the turn of the nineteenth century.


A 30-year-old newlywed from Dublin, Ireland, died while snorkeling on his honeymoon in the Maldives — just two weeks after getting married. (People Magazine)

A recent edition of New York Magazine features an interview with the Mayor of America’s largest city, who famously traipsed down to Central America to help the Sandinistas and honeymooned in Cuba. (Forbes Magazine)

“The honeymoon period for al-Qaida, in which the so-called Islamic State absorbed most of the counterterrorism focus while al-Qaida’s affiliates grew stronger, is coming to an end,” according to an analysis by the Soufan Group security consultancy. (The Philadelphia Tribune)

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