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romance

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noun ro·mance \rō-ˈman(t)s, rə-; ˈrō-ˌ\

Definition of romance

  1. 1 a (1) :  a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) :  a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) :  a love story especially in the form of a novel b :  a class of such literature

  2. 2 :  something (as an extravagant story or account) that lacks basis in fact

  3. 3 :  an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity

  4. 4 :  love affair

  5. 5 capitalized :  the Romance languages



Origin of romance

Middle English romauns, from Anglo-French romanz French, narrative in French, from Medieval Latin Romanice in a vernacular (as opposed to Latin), from Late Latin Romanus Gallo-Romance speaker (as opposed to a Frank), from Latin, Roman


First Known Use: 14th century


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romance

verb ro·mance

Simple Definition of romance

  • : to have or try to have a romantic relationship with (someone)

  • : to give special attention to (someone) in order to get something that you want from that person

  • : to talk about something in a way that makes it seem better than it really is

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of romance

romancedromancing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to exaggerate or invent detail or incident

  3. 2 :  to entertain romantic thoughts or ideas

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to try to influence or curry favor with especially by lavishing personal attention, gifts, or flattery

  6. 2 :  to carry on a love affair with

Examples of romance in a sentence

  1. He was always romancing younger women.

  2. She was romanced by several wealthy young men.

  3. The museum's director spends a lot of time romancing potential donors.

  4. a college athlete who's being romanced by several pro teams

  5. They were romancing about the past.



1655

First Known Use of romance

1655


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romance

noun ro·mance

Definition of romance

  1. :  a short instrumental piece in ballad style



Origin of romance

German Romanze & French romance, both ultimately from Spanish romance romance, ballad, from Old Occitan & Old French romanz


First Known Use: circa 1854


Romance

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adjective Ro·mance \rō-ˈman(t)s, rə-; ˈrō-ˌ\

Definition of Romance

  1. :  of, relating to, or being any of the languages developed from Latin (as Italian, French, and Spanish)





ROMANCE Defined for Kids

romance

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noun ro·mance \rō-ˈmans\

Definition of romance for Students

  1. 1 :  an attraction or appeal to the emotions <the romance of the sea>

  2. 2 :  a love story

  3. 3 :  a love affair

  4. 4 :  an old tale of knights and noble ladies

  5. 5 :  an adventure story




Romance

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adjective Ro·mance \rō-ˈmans\

Definition of Romance for Students

  1. :  relating to or being the languages (as French, Italian, and Spanish) that are descended from Latin





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