What is a may december romance?

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What is a may December romance?

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It is a metaphor for the marriage between a woman in her youthful peak (the spring month of May in Europe and the United States) and an elderly man who has had the busiest part of his life (since December is the last month of the calendar and the beginning of winter in these places). I don't know who used the term for the first time, but I saw it in writings from the first third of the 20th century.