ro·​man·​tic | \ rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio) , rə- \

Definition of romantic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of or resembling a romance
2 : having no basis in fact : imaginary
3 : impractical in conception or plan : visionary
4a : marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
b often capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of romanticism
c : of or relating to music of the 19th century characterized by an emphasis on subjective emotional qualities and freedom of form also : of or relating to a composer of this music
5a : having an inclination for romance : responsive to the appeal of what is idealized, heroic, or adventurous
b : marked by expressions of love or affection
c : conducive to or suitable for lovemaking
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the part of the hero especially in a light comedy



Definition of romantic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a romantic person, trait, or component
2 capitalized : a romantic writer, artist, or composer

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romantically \ rō-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce romantically (audio) , rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of romantic in a Sentence

Adjective She had romantic feelings for him. He had a romantic relationship with a coworker. His brother was having romantic troubles at the time. She won't discuss her romantic life with the press. Why can't you be more romantic? He has some romantic notions about life on a farm. She had a lot of big romantic dreams of becoming an actress. Beethoven was the first great Romantic composer. Noun She married a real romantic who brings her roses every day. Law school is no place for idealists and romantics. Beethoven was the first great Romantic among composers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Your 18-year-old daughter should overall be in charge of her own romantic life, including the complications of falling for someone who lives in another country. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Is overseas flight to meet daughter’s girlfriend in the cards?," 3 Jan. 2020 Your 18-year-old daughter should overall be in charge of her own romantic life, including the complications of falling for someone who lives in another country. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "FaceTime relationship leads to face time," 1 Jan. 2020 First, Netflix found a sweet spot making the kinds of movies other studios have abandoned: adult dramas, romantic comedies and action movies without superheroes. Anchorage Daily News, "Netflix made more films than any other studio. Now it wants an Oscar.," 1 Jan. 2020 The 2011 romantic comedy, featuring a spellbinding cast, seeks to answer these queries. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 Development on Galaxy Quest came as Johnson was in the midst of producing Home Fries, a romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson. Byron Burton, The Hollywood Reporter, "DreamWorks "Screwed Up:" Why Cult Classic 'Galaxy Quest' Wasn't a Bigger Hit," 24 Dec. 2019 Thanks to a generation less apt to tolerate misogynistic tropes like damsels in distress, theatrical release romantic comedies have fallen more or less out of favor. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "‘Tis the Season for Holiday Movies—and Hallmark and Lifetime Aren’t Afraid of Netflix," 17 Dec. 2019 What follows is a wacky romantic comedy slash meditation on death, grief, and friendship, which isn't an easy feat for a holiday flick. Teen Vogue, ""Ghosting" Star Aisha Dee on Holiday Rom-Coms, Death, and "The Bold Type"," 4 Dec. 2019 Known in her youth for being headstrong, Buppha Devi was the subject of much gossip about her colorful romantic life, which sometimes put her at odds with her father. Washington Post, "Norodom Buppha Devi, Cambodian princess and classical dancer, dies at 76," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In time the news of Oia's sunsets spread to tour operators and honeymooners and romantics all over the world. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019 That description of wine’s mystique, a large part of its appeal to romantics and poets throughout the centuries, was uttered by Robinson in an interview with me last month at an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "The wine world keeps changing. This essential reference book shows how.," 8 Nov. 2019 Red Skittles fans are more likely to identify as hopeless romantics (61% vs. 55%), for example, and are more likely to be in a relationship (62% vs. 57%). Morgan Raum,, "This Is the Worst Skittle Color, According to Thousands of Customers," 6 Nov. 2019 Throwback romantics can be ravished by the unparalleled vocal stylings of Lalah Hathaway (Nov. 15, Sony Hall), and millennial audiences will find a patron saint in the unfeigned lyricism of Summer Walker (Dec. 7-8, Terminal 5). Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "Winter Night-Life Preview," 1 Nov. 2019 Newton-John and Travolta, who played Rydell High’s iconic romantics, Sandy and Danny, will take part in a Q&A after the 8 p.m. movie. Ben Crandell,, "‘Grease’ sing-along with stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in West Palm Beach," 22 Oct. 2019 The eight half-hour episodes showcase modern romantics searching for the universal need of human connection with a little help from Cupid. Elizabeth Taylor,, "Anne Hathaway talks mental health awareness, playing a bipolar woman on Amazon’s ‘Modern Love’," 14 Oct. 2019 This includes wide-eyed children, young romantics, snarky servants, needy neighbors and others who hang around the house wondering how their lives turned out this way. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: A welcome, traditional production of Chekhov’s classic ‘Cherry Orchard’ at CT Rep," 7 Oct. 2019 Hopeless romantics dream of many scenarios, but finding your happily-ever-after with the person who is your best friend just might be the peak of romantic bliss (see also: When Harry Met Sally). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The 13 most romantic moments on Friends," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of romantic


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for romantic


French romantique, from obsolete romant romance, from Old French romanz

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The first known use of romantic was in 1650

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Romantic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce romantic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of romantic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving love between two people
: making someone think of love : suitable for romance
: thinking about love and doing and saying things to show that you love someone



English Language Learners Definition of romantic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who thinks a lot about love and does and says things that show strong feelings of love for someone
: someone who is not realistic or practical : someone who thinks that things are better or more exciting than they really are
: a writer, musician, or artist whose work stresses emotion and imagination : a writer, musician, or artist of Romanticism


ro·​man·​tic | \ rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of romantic

1 : stressing or appealing to the emotions or imagination
2 : involving or showing feelings of love
3 : not realistic : impractical
4 : suitable for a love story

Other Words from romantic

romantically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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