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minimoon

noun; compounding
A short trip a recently married couple takes that lasts about 2-3 days. This word was most likely created because newlyweds needed a term that defined a vacation that lasted shorter than a honeymoon. A honeymoon typically lasts a full week or 10 days. Because of the recession, many married couples could not splurge on their honeymoon, so they had to shorten its days. Combining “mini” and “moon” represents a clear way to illustrate such a vacation.
 
Ryan and I are taking a minimoon in Colorado.
Etymology : Compound of mini (word-forming element meaning miniature, minor; abstracted from miniature from Italian “miniatura” meaning small picture) and moon (from Old English “mona”).
Source : Conversation with recently married cousin. September 23, 2013
Last modified: 20 November 2013


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