romantic comedy

plural romantic comedies

Definition of romantic comedy

: a light, comic movie or other work whose plot focuses on the development of a romantic relationship This brings us to romantic comedies. … They make money, spawn franchises, and are popular in books, movies, and on television. Sexual tension is fun to watch, and we like rooting for a will-they-won't-they couple.— Elizabeth Logan also : this style or genre of work an actor with a talent for romantic comedy

called also rom-com

First Known Use of romantic comedy

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Romantic comedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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