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1romance

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

Definition of ROMANCE

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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
:  something (as an extravagant story or account) that lacks basis in fact
3
:  an emotional attraction or aura belonging to an especially heroic era, adventure, or activity
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

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2romance

verb

: 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

ro·mancedro·manc·ing

Full Definition of ROMANCE

intransitive verb
1
:  to exaggerate or invent detail or incident
2
:  to entertain romantic thoughts or ideas
transitive verb
1
:  to try to influence or curry favor with especially by lavishing personal attention, gifts, or flattery
2
:  to carry on a love affair with

Examples of ROMANCE

  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.

First Known Use of ROMANCE

1655

3romance

noun

Definition of ROMANCE

:  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

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

Definition of ROMANCE

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

First Known Use of ROMANCE

1690

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

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