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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: honey + moon; because the moon appears to get smaller, like the love of some newly married people

honeymoon

1 noun
     
hon‧ey‧moon1 [countable]
1 a holiday taken by two people who have just got married
on your honeymoon
We went to Italy on our honeymoon.
2 also honeymoon period the period of time when a new government, leader etc has just started and no one criticizes them:
By 1987, the honeymoon was over.

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