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

Definition of romance

1 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 (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

Origin and Etymology 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




Definition of romance

romanced; romancing
1 : to exaggerate or invent detail or incident
2 : to entertain romantic thoughts or ideas
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 in a Sentence

  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





Definition of romance

: a short instrumental piece in ballad style

Origin and Etymology of romance

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


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

Definition of Romance

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

First Known Use of romance

15th century

Other Language Terms

ROMANCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of romance for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun ro·mance \ rō-ˈmans \

Definition of romance for Students

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


adjective Ro·mance \ rō-ˈmans \

Definition of Romance for Students

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

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