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



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


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


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.


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

The couple was spotted walking around in back in New York after their romantic vacation. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin Flaunts Her Massive Engagement Ring with Justin Bieber in NYC," 11 July 2018 The Can’t-Miss Experience: Seeing the region’s many castles from a helicopter is the best way to take in their magnitude, but watching these grand estates float in and out of view from a sailboat is more laid-back and romantic. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 In the books, there is little that is romantic about Patrick’s self-immolation. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018 The prom will be both romantic and glamorous while paying tribute to the students who lost their lives Feb. 14. Johnny Diaz,, "Despite photo, Parkland students David Hogg and Cameron Kasky apparently aren't going to prom together," 24 Apr. 2018 Tune in for a conversation about the implications of Sarepta’s big week on Wall Street followed by an examination of the legal predicament (and romantic entanglements) of Theranos. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "LISTEN: Sarepta’s gene therapy coup, Theranos’ legal defense, and parsing hype in AI," 21 June 2018 This romantic screwball comedy concerns an overworked employee, Billie, who quits her job — just before her nuptials with her wife-to-be — and concocts a seemingly hopeless plan to make an app that will pay the bills. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 Almost all the romantic love songs are strongly gendered. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What 8 Same-Sex Couples Learned from Planning a Destination Wedding," 13 June 2018 But Carrie — stylish, romantic, couldn’t-help-but-wonder Carrie — her energy was so airy, and so very Libra, she easily might have floated right up into the clouds on that tutu to weigh rhetorical questions on a starry set of scales. Mary Sollosi,, "Your June pop culture horoscope revealed: Dietland, Christina Aguilera, and Ocean's 8," 31 May 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,, "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


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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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

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


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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