romance

noun (1)
ro·mance | \ rō-ˈman(t)s , rə- ; ˈrō-ˌman(t)s \

Definition of romance 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a(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 (such 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

romance

verb
romanced; romancing

Definition of romance (Entry 2 of 4)

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

romance

noun (2)

Definition of romance (Entry 3 of 4)

: a short instrumental piece in ballad style

Romance

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

Definition of Romance (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Examples of romance in a Sentence

Verb

He was always romancing younger women. She was romanced by several wealthy young men. The museum's director spends a lot of time romancing potential donors. a college athlete who's being romanced by several pro teams They were romancing about the past.
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First Known Use of romance

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for romance

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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Phrases Related to romance

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The first known use of romance was in the 14th century

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romance

verb

English Language Learners 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

romance

noun
ro·mance | \ rō-ˈmans \

Kids Definition of romance

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

2 : a love story

3 : a love affair

4 : an old tale of knights and noble ladies

5 : an adventure story

Romance

adjective
Ro·mance | \ rō-ˈmans \

Kids Definition of Romance

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

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