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ro·​man·​tic rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio)
: consisting of or resembling a romance
: having no basis in fact : imaginary
: impractical in conception or plan : visionary
: marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
often capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of romanticism
: 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
: having an inclination for romance : responsive to the appeal of what is idealized, heroic, or adventurous
: marked by expressions of love or affection
: conducive to or suitable for lovemaking
: of, relating to, or constituting the part of the hero especially in a light comedy
romantically adverb


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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The concept was almost romantic, evoking images of naval trade routes and adventures at sea. Diane Brady, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 And despite any rumors of a reconciliation — or Thompson's numerous attempts to win her back — their relationship isn't romantic. Diana Pearl, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Sink opened up more about the moment — which wasn't exactly romantic, given an entire film crew was on standby. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2023 For one thing, those women’s letters are too romantic to be dirty. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2023 In fact, some of the earlier customs associated with the holiday were not romantic at all, but instead focused on fertility and included sacrificing animals. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2023 La Cour Berbisey, a five-room bed-and-breakfast, is romantic with kingly decor, soft bed linens, a peaceful vibe, and a gorgeous indoor pool. Lanee Lee, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Jan. 2023 The player learns of Bill’s onetime partner, Frank, only in passing; the fact that their relationship was romantic is scarcely hinted at. Alex Barasch, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2022 This is not as romantic a series like this franchise has been in the past. Ineye Komonibo,, 22 Dec. 2022
She’s also a dedicated mother, animal-loving activist, philanthropist, and hopeless romantic. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 Sparkling wine will be called on to make many a Valentine’s Day dinner romantic, but the bubbles needn’t burst the budget. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 This beloved Disney movie follows a hopeless romantic named Giselle who gets banished from her animated world by an evil queen and transported to the real world in New York City. Kori Williams, Seventeen, 20 Jan. 2023 But this isn’t the first time that Shakira, a hopeless romantic with an armored heart, pens a song for an ex. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2023 As a creep, a romantic, or an action star, the actor always brings intensity and passion to his best projects. Wesley Stenzel,, 12 Jan. 2023 But Sam, being a romantic and a Christmas fanatic, sets her heart on recreating her favorite holiday movies, and getting Bela to fall in love with Eric. Selome Hailu, Variety, 15 Dec. 2022 Jess describes herself as a hopeless romantic and is ready for her fairytale romance worthy of a Taylor Swift love song. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2023 The resulting footage presented Mr. Baker as a disillusioned romantic, reflecting not just on the Senate race but on politics in general. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of romantic was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ro·​man·​tic rō-ˈmant-ik How to pronounce romantic (audio)
: a romantic person
especially : a romantic writer, composer, or artist


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or resembling a romance
romantic writing
: impractical
a romantic scheme
: stressing or appealing to the emotions or imagination
a romantic spot
often capitalized : of or relating to romanticism
: of, relating to, or associated with love

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