MM, OALD, Collins, WordWeb, Reference --none of them helped me.

What is the synonym of the word 'Honeymoon'?

Also, dictionaries say that it's the vacation taken by a couple just after they have got married. But what if for some reason, the couple could not go just after they got married but go after 10-15 days. Is it still Honeymoon? Remember, this is the first time they are going together after their wedding.

My personal take on the word is...

Honeymoon is the first time outing (or getaway!) with your spouse for leisure and spousal love

Help me.

  • Not aware of any synonyms. It also refers to an early period of a romantic relationship before reality (family, kids, money problems, etc) change the relationship forever (One might say "The honeymoon is over."). Check on etymology online honeymoon and also Wikipedia honeymoon. – user3169 Jun 13 '14 at 5:33

If the couple left were only a couple weeks after the wedding ceremony, yes. After all, they are still newlyweds. One might call it a delayed honeymoon, if they felt the need to emphasize that the trip wasn't taken immediately after the wedding.

If the trip wasn't taken for a couple of years or more, sometimes you might see the phrase "the honeymoon we never had." That phrase is often used when a couple was unable to travel after they were first married, or if they weren't able to travel to a location as exotic as they would have liked. Google shows hundreds of instances of that exact phrase, and it shows up in many books, too:

My husband David and I have been married for 17 years now, and after my transplant we went to Hawaii for the honeymoon we never had.

Source: Taking Flight: Inspirational Stories of Lung Transplantation More Journeys, p. 164.

  • +1 for that expression - honeymoon we never had. It's so interesting to learn this phrase that way. A big thanks ;) – Maulik V Jun 13 '14 at 11:08
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    @MaulikV you might also be interested in the concept of a second honeymoon. – Nigel Harper Jun 13 '14 at 12:46

A honeymoon is a trip that a newly-married couple go on to have romantic time together before they begin mundane, day-to-day married life.

If this trip is delayed by a few weeks or a few months, people still call it a honeymoon. But at some point the couple is no longer "newly-married". Exactly when that is is hard to say. You can't say that a couple are newlyweds at 6 months into the marriage but not at 6 months and 1 day, any more than you can give a precise definition to how long a car is "new" or a person is "young".

Couples who have been married for a long time and who go on a special romantic trip together are often described as having a "second honeymoon".


I would jokingly call a honeymood delayed by a couple of weeks a raincheck honeymoon. See rain check at Wiktionary. (0:

P.S. Someone stole a march on me with that. I've just found one news article titled "Royal newlyweds take rain check on honeymoon" from 2011.

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