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

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

Some group members had to re-enter the work force after decades away, terminate romantic relationships after choosing to raise grandkids, and survive mass gawking by twentysomethings while dropping children at soccer practice. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 August 27, 2016: Bieber and Sofia Richie (who is now dating Scott Disick) spend a romantic weekend together. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018 The pair reportedly reconnected this fall and started their romantic relationship. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Princess Beatrice’s New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mozzi?," 29 Dec. 2018 Walken and Wood appear to have become friends during the filming of Trumbull’s movie, and there were tabloid rumors of a romantic relationship, and of Wagner’s jealousy. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 After being partners on the NYPD for several years, the two developed a romantic relationship, and Jamie proposed during the season 8 finale. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Jamie Reagan's Engagement on 'Blue Bloods' Is Stirring Up Controversy," 3 Nov. 2018 And words on a screen just aren't as romantic as a handwritten set list in the back of a mixtape case. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Cassette Tapes Are Back, Don't You Dare Call Them Obsolete," 12 Nov. 2018 Remember, Taurus, not all bonds are romantic: Jupiter’s movement through Scorpio could have influenced dynamics with your friends, family, colleagues or classmates. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 According to Jo's recent Instagram post, the shop's history is also deeply romantic. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "There’s A Romantic Story Behind Chip And Joanna Gaines’s Original Magnolia Sign," 22 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That near-mythical place where idealists, romantics, and wanderers wash up, drifting in and dropping out, a sense of it glimpsed in Palermo, Antananarivo, Brazzaville. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 As reported by Harper’s Bazaar, royal romantics at heart will be able to watch the next set of royals walk down the aisle as TLC will be the only network to broadcast the wedding in the United States. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding: Everything We Know So Far," 5 Oct. 2018 Leo Venus Leo governs the heart, and fittingly, those born under the Leo Venus sky are true romantics. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 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

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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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