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



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, rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of romantic in a Sentence


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.


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

Ari, of course, plays Jenna Rink (who Jennifer Garner plays as an adult), the 13-year-old turned magazine editor in the 2004 romantic comedy. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Reference "Bring It On," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde," and "13 Going on 30"," 30 Nov. 2018 The majority of viewers at home (on Twitter) seemed all 😍 after the romantic clip. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Viewers Are Over Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's "Showmance"," 30 Oct. 2018 Autumn's want of polish—often achieved in spite of brisk day breezes—officially has a romantic rival. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Beach-Inspired Updo Is Easy Fall Beauty at Its Best," 22 Oct. 2018 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Insecure star Issa Rae is set to star in American Princess, a romantic comedy directed by Stella Meghi and produced by Paul Feig. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Issa Rae to Star in 'American Princess', a Film Shockingly Not Based on Her Real Life," 11 Oct. 2018 According to The Express, one of Kate and William's earliest meetings was as awkward as any romantic comedy meet cute. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "One of Kate Middleton’s Earliest Meetings with Prince William Was Really Awkward," 19 Aug. 2018 The third film, No Sleep 'Til Christmas, is a romantic comedy about Lizzie and Billy, two insomniacs played by real-life couple Odette and Dave Annable. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Freeform Just Expanded Their 2018 '25 Days of Christmas' Lineup With 3 New Movies," 23 July 2018 But there’s a hitch: Penelope has been abducted by a romantic rival and needs rescuing, Samuel eventually tells the parson. Michael Phillips,, "'Damsel' review: A sardonic Western courtship that lasts a lifetime," 28 June 2018 Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, including violence against four women during romantic relationships or encounters, drinking and abusing prescription drugs. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Eric Schneiderman, powerful Dem who took on Weinstein, is accused of violence against women, drug abuse in shocking report," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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 Get ready, hopeless romantics and Christmas lovers: Netflix has just announced that A Christmas Prince is getting a sequel. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "The Netflix Movie 'A Christmas Prince' Is Getting a Sequel, and It Features a Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018

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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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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

Romantic : a writer, musician, or artist whose work stresses emotion and imagination : a writer, musician, or artist of Romanticism


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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