Word of the day

The word for today is…

honeymoon (nout) – 1. A holiday or trip taken by a newly married couple.
2. An early harmonious period in a relationship.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple,” 1540s (hony moone), but probably older, from honey in reference to the new marriage’s sweetness, and moon “month” in reference to how long it probably will last, or from the changing aspect of the moon: no sooner full than it begins to wane. French has cognate lune de miel, but German version is flitterwochen (plural), from flitter “tinsel” + wochen “week.” In figurative use from 1570s. Specific sense of “post-wedding holiday” attested from circa 1800.


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