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 The book centers around a quartet of siblings, following them from childhood in the 1980s and 1990s through adulthood, examining their relationships with both romantic partners and also one another. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 books to read ahead of dystopian times," 21 Mar. 2020 July is an excellent time to take a dream vacation or to at least enjoy a weekend getaway with a romantic partner. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 16, 2020: Capricorn, save your money; Cancer, avoid major purchase," 16 Mar. 2020 Jim Axelrod: This is not somebody who got a little too into his romantic partner. CBS News, "Murder-suicide leads to history-making heart transplant, new life for DC woman," 14 Mar. 2020 Even romantic partners of players were not spared Patz's rage. NBC News, "Sports gambler accused of sending threatening messages to scores of athletes," 5 Mar. 2020 According to 2018 data, more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds don’t have a steady romantic partner, a figure that is up significantly from 33 percent in 2004. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "‘The Bachelorette’ casts Clare Crawley, 38, the show’s oldest star, reflecting a shift in the way we date now," 2 Mar. 2020 But even after years spent poring over their letters and diaries, Roiphe seems unable to reconcile the passivity of her literary heroes in the face of cruel romantic partners — and makes little progress in determining her own place in that lineage. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "She's Known for Casting Doubt on Women's Claims of Abuse. Now She's Reconsidering That Position—But Only for Herself," 29 Feb. 2020 Perry even demanded an encore performance of an original song, although Martin cut the performance short with laughter when Perry questioned whether the song was about a friend or romantic partner. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' premiere: The emotional singers who vied for their ticket to Hollywood," 17 Feb. 2020 People commonly chat about astrology with friends, potential romantic partners, and even colleagues as a way of looking at compatibility. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo Wrote a Book That Will Fix Your Love Life," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Greta Gerwig did it in Little Women, doubling down on the economic considerations of single women in the 19th century and redrawing Jo March’s ultimate match into one who’s more appealing to romantics and feminists alike. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How the New Emma Movie Updates the Relationship at Its Core," 24 Feb. 2020 However, much about how the holiday came to be remains a mystery, details lost to time and transformed as romantics retold history. Simon Maina, National Geographic, "Valentine's Day wasn't always about love," 12 Feb. 2020 Hopeless romantics can dial up Dean Martin on Spotify and twist the screw top off a bottle of Amore Assoluto, a juicy, delightful Italian red wine from Italy’s north, near Venice, with a shiny red heart dominating the label. Washington Post, "How to pick a Valentine’s Day wine that’s as romantic as your mood," 31 Jan. 2020 Survivalists had revealed themselves to be romantics. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Apocalypse Now? Now? How About Now?," 27 Feb. 2020 The romantics at Allie Beth Allman & Associates can make that dream a reality in one of these homes. Dallas News, "Make a new home a reality for Valentine’s Day," 9 Feb. 2020 One fun thing In the fictional home of Romeo and Juliet, the Juliet Club answers letters from hopeless romantics seeking advice. NBC News, "14 U.S. evacuees test positive and Dems get their elbows out: The Morning Rundown," 17 Feb. 2020 Calling all lovebirds and hopeless romantics: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Valentine's Day Beauty Products 2020," 8 Feb. 2020 In time the news of Oia's sunsets spread to tour operators and honeymooners and romantics all over the world. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "For the Real Santorini, Visit During Off-Season," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 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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