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

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romantically \ rō-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce romantically (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since at least the Middle Ages it has been associated with various forms of love — platonic, spiritual and romantic. Los Angeles Times, "How Linda Stark transforms kitschy hearts into visceral symbols of love and valor," 21 Oct. 2020 Authors devised literary plot lines around the adventures and trials of romantic friends. Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic, "When a Friend Is Your Life Partner," 20 Oct. 2020 The granite remains of the cotton mill beside Roaring Brook, a romantic image popular among artists, had sat untouched since a fire ravaged the building in the early 1900s. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Glastonbury buys mill ruins; opens public access to Cotton Hollow preserves," 19 Oct. 2020 Women of the post-WWII era wanted escapism and femininity; romantic Marilyn Monroe curls ensued. Sara Bosworth, WSJ, "Working From Home Got You Down? Try Dyeing Your Hair Pink," 16 Oct. 2020 Toughen up a romantic, frilled dress with a pair of lace-up boots. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "7 Fresh Ways To Wear Dresses With Boots This Fall," 16 Oct. 2020 At Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s crochet work was one-upped only by the spacious orange totes models carried at the show’s romantic locale, the Fonderie Macchi in Milan. Eliza Huber,, "2020 Saw The Crowning Of The Big Bag. Long May She Reign.," 16 Oct. 2020 The pair met while working together for a petroleum company and carried on a relationship that included romantic trips. Fox News, "Netflix doc pushes Chris Watts' mistress to change name," 16 Oct. 2020 Now OkCupid and Chispa are encouraging these voters to stay politically engaged and turn out to vote — all while finding romantic connections. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "No, you can't escape the election, even on dating apps. Here's why," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leaves mixed into the greenery give this romantic-looking bunch a more authentic feel. Ana Connery, CNN Underscored, "16 artificial plants and flowers that actually look real," 28 Sep. 2020 Subsequent similar chats with different women — some romantic, some strange — suggest that someone is carrying out a search for a prospective mate. Nick Schager,, "The Boys recap: I want to know what love is," 11 Sep. 2020 Not that his defense appears to hold much water, discussing his rough childhood and just being a wide-eyed romantic and fool for love. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Love Fraud' feels like the docuseries version of a Lifetime movie," 28 Aug. 2020 Still, your romantic or business partner could be irritated by your positive outlook, so try not to rub it in their face. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for August 29, 2020," 29 Aug. 2020 Condor's sweet melodies paired with heartwarmingly earnest lyrics about the virtues of true love will inspire hope in even the most hopeless romantic. Ineye Komonibo,, "New Music To Know: Not Another Love Song," 28 Aug. 2020 Biden has always been and will remain an American romantic. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden, America’s Un-Trump," 21 Aug. 2020 Demi Lovato is still reminiscing about her romantic, whirlwind engagement. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Demi Lovato Shares a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Her Beachside Engagement," 27 July 2020 Yet when all is said and done, and commercial and career considerations are put to the side, how much of the romantic in Alonso played a decision in his return? Glen Levy And Amanda Davies, CNN, "'I love winning ... I don't like to lose at anything': Fernando Alonso discusses his return to F1," 8 July 2020

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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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The first known use of romantic was in 1650

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of romantic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or involving love between two people
: making someone think of love : suitable for romance
: thinking about love and doing and saying things to show that you love someone



English Language Learners Definition of romantic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who thinks a lot about love and does and says things that show strong feelings of love for someone
: someone who is not realistic or practical : someone who thinks that things are better or more exciting than they really are
: a writer, musician, or artist whose work stresses emotion and imagination : a writer, musician, or artist of Romanticism


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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