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 Channel 12 TV reported this week that police covered up knowledge of an investigator's romantic relationship with the sister of a key witness and defendant in one of the corruption cases. Josef Federman, Star Tribune, "Israel's Netanyahu pressed to sign conflict-of-interest deal," 10 Sep. 2020 Bates and Balka, 25, tied the knot in October 2018 during a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the Tennessee mountains. Jen Juneau,, "Bringing Up Bates' Josie Bates Reveals She Has Suffered a Miscarriage: 'Heartbroken'," 9 Sep. 2020 How has social distancing changed your relationship with a romantic partner, friend or family member? Washington Post, "Our group texts are blowing up during the pandemic. And we’re taking the drama personally.," 8 Sep. 2020 Gentry originally denied having a romantic relationship with Penrose, but her ex-husband sent the commission an online file that had messages Gentry had saved. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Kentucky judge accused of drinking and having threesome in courthouse removed from bench," 1 Sep. 2020 Not just friends, but friends -- a lasting partnership between two people not in a romantic relationship. Leah Asmelash And Brandon Tensley, CNN, "The never-ending trauma of police shootings," 28 Aug. 2020 In typical fashion, no topic was off limits at the dinner table, including details about Mary and Jason’s past romantic relationship. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The Truth About 'Selling Sunset' Stars Mary Fitzgerald and Jason Oppenheim's Relationship," 22 Aug. 2020 The meme is the latest iteration of previous smear campaigns targeting Harris for her romantic relationship with former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown 25 years ago. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Amazon selling clothing with derogatory term toward Kamala Harris," 19 Aug. 2020 The sparks seen on camera were the real deal, and before long, the young pair revealed that their working relationship had blossomed into a romantic relationship. Ineye Komonibo,, "It’s All Love Between Joey King & Jacob Elordi — The Platonic Kind, That Is," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The trope of the romantic, genteel Southern plantation runs deep in American history. Pam Kelley,, "Southern neighborhoods have been named ‘plantations’ for decades. That could be changing.," 4 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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18 Sep 2020

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“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 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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