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

Other Words from romantic


romantically \ rō-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce romantic (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. See More
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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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“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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