ro·​man·​tic | \ rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio) , rə- \

Essential Meaning of romantic

1 : of, relating to, or involving love between two people She had romantic feelings for him. He had a romantic relationship with a coworker. See More ExamplesHer latest movie is a romantic comedy. [=a comedy about two people who fall in love with each other] His brother was having romantic troubles at the time. She won't discuss her romantic life with the press.Hide
2 : making someone think of love : suitable for romance a romantic sunset/dinner/song
3 : thinking about love and doing and saying things to show that you love someone Why can't you be more romantic?

Full Definition of romantic

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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 romantic (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 Produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Judd Apatow, Bros is the first romantic comedy from a major studio to feature a relationship between two men. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Sterling casts a spell on her readers with this romantic comedy. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Turns out Munn and Mulaney initially met at Meyers's 2013 wedding, but things turned romantic after Mulaney got out of a rehab stint for drug abuse. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 And she was inspired by her love for Prew, which began as a friendship and turned romantic in late 2020. Nicholas Rice,, 5 Sep. 2021 These photos might as well be from their next movie together, which obviously has to be a romantic comedy. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 27 Sep. 2021 Roger Michell, the stage and film director perhaps best known for the beloved 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, has died at the age of 65. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Michell directed Roberts and Grant in the 1999 romantic comedy that became one of the highest-grossing British films of all time. Alexia Fernández,, 23 Sep. 2021 Roger Michell, best known for directing the romantic comedy Notting Hill, died Wednesday at the age of 65. Andrea Towers,, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The anthology style means each season can focus on a new romantic. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 4 Oct. 2021 An expressionist and a romantic, Mitchell studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Films like Mississippi Masala, The Lovebirds, and Namaste Wahala (out on Valentine’s Day) are among the few films depiction Black romantic leads with non-white partners. Vicky Mochama,, 14 Feb. 2021 Early episodes emphasize each character’s melancholy: Charles, a hopeless romantic, plays the concertina for a neighbor across the courtyard rather than asking her out. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 His critics in Britain, along with some farmers in America and Australia, have suggested that Rebanks is a nostalgic romantic. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 These are our favorite cute nicknames for boyfriends, from the sweet to the romantic to the utterly ridiculous. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 27 Aug. 2021 Alex Lee: full-time copywriter, part-time web designer hobbyist and hopeless romantic. Siena Giljum, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Beach was a late romantic who sometimes sounded like an early one, with echoes of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann coursing through a movement buoyed by Celtic dance themes. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 31 July 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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