romantic

adjective
ro·​man·​tic | \rō-ˈman-tik, 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

romantic

noun

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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Other Words from romantic

Adjective

romantically \ rō-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for romantic

Synonyms: Adjective

idealist, idealistic, quixotic, starry-eyed, utopian, visionary

Synonyms: Noun

dreamer, idealist, utopian, visionary

Antonyms: Adjective

clear-eyed, clear-sighted

Antonyms: Noun

pragmatist, realist

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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

Not that this couldn’t eventually lead to a romantic relationship, but things don’t continue on that far in the game. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Speed Dating for Ghosts is metaphor for romance in video games," 8 July 2018 Likely due to a combination of inattention and impulsivity, ADHD adults also tend to have less overall stability in romantic relationships and higher divorce rates than others, all of which can further impact their quality of life if untreated. Rene Hernandez-cardenache, Psy.d., M.s. Ed., miamiherald, "A focus on distraction: A closer look at adult ADHD," 2 July 2018 Harington's proposal was romantic, and their announcement was old-school. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Went From 'Game of Thrones' to Real-Life Couple," 22 June 2018 Given the movie’s umbrella of professional anxiety, Charlie and Harper’s happy ending isn’t just romantic. refinery29.com, "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 And these relationships don’t have to be romantic: Glass says friendly, familial and professional relationships can all be toxic as well. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "How To Tell If You're In a Toxic Relationship — And What To Do About It," 5 June 2018 This show is romantic and over the top and beautiful. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "'Love Never Dies' Revisits Phantom's Story," 18 May 2018 But Michelin, with its secret inspections and romantic, open-road inception, resonates deeper with public imagination. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 And the story’s signature sequence, in which Edward woos his future wife by conjuring a field of daffodils, is throat-catchingly romantic, with flowers blooming on the walls while the cast carries in more. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To use a phrase of Burton Rascoe’s — his hurt romantics are still seeking that other side of paradise. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 20 Apr. 2018 ApoteoSurprise Agency will start booking flights in March 2022 for hopeless romantics with deep pockets to jump aboard a rocket and take off into space. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fly me to the moon ... for a proposal? Firm offers launches from Kennedy for lovebirds," 6 July 2018 Hopeless romantics would call Mr. Pantaleo’s pursuit of Ms. Jewell a long-shot. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "36 Years Later, He’s Out of the Friend Zone," 20 Apr. 2018 Vic Damone, the postwar crooner whose intimate, rhapsodic voice captivated bobby soxers, middle-age dreamers and silver-haired romantics in a five-decade medley of America’s love songs and popular standards, died on Sunday in Miami Beach. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89," 12 Feb. 2018 Out of nearly 300 pages, here are the tips from the editors and featured experts that kept us from being total Goop-less romantics (in order of ascending Goop-iness). 1. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Sex Issue' by the Goop editors is shockingly not-so-Goop-y, but there are a few gems," 30 Apr. 2018 Get ready, hopeless romantics and Christmas lovers: Netflix has just announced that A Christmas Prince is getting a sequel. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "The Netflix Movie 'A Christmas Prince' Is Getting a Sequel, and It Features a Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018 Schulman, along with co-host Max Joseph, helps hopeful romantics learn the truth behind their internet crushes. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Catfish host Nev Schulman accused of sexual misconduct," 17 May 2018 The new location will offer more space, more merchandise and provide more room for romantics to practice bending down on one knee or brainstorming ways to propose. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lyle Husar Designs celebrates 50 years and announces new location, name in Brookfield," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of romantic

Adjective

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for romantic

Adjective

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

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romantic

adjective

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

romantic

noun

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

Romantic : a writer, musician, or artist whose work stresses emotion and imagination : a writer, musician, or artist of Romanticism

romantic

adjective
ro·​man·​tic | \rō-ˈman-tik \

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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