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Ro·​meo ˈrō-mē-ˌō How to pronounce Romeo (audio)
 in Shakespeare also  ˈrōm-(ˌ)yō
plural Romeos
: the hero of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet who dies for love of Juliet
: a male lover


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter r

Examples of Romeo in a Sentence

Noun He was quite a Romeo when he was younger.

Word History

First Known Use


circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Communications Code Word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Romeo was circa 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Romeo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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