romantic

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adjective

ro·​man·​tic rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio)
rə-
1
: consisting of or resembling a romance
2
: having no basis in fact : imaginary
3
: impractical in conception or plan : visionary
4
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
romantically adverb

romantic

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noun

1
: a romantic person, trait, or component
2
capitalized : a romantic writer, artist, or composer

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Find it on Amazon Lancome La Nuit Tresor Lancome La Nuit Tresor is a romantic and mysterious choice for women, weaving together lychee, vanilla, and incense. Jose Ryller, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 Art and mothering, in the romantic imagination, are each cast as the kind of labor that consumes wholly, that is worth being consumed by. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2023 The resort’s chefs offer a romantic cena privada, a private dining-experience customized to your taste right on the beach. John Vorwald, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 But, then, the romantic glory of revolution is perhaps the most distinct cultural accent left to us by the era and its Emperor. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2023 Nostalgic recollections also often center on significant life events shared with close connections such as family, friends or romantic partners and revolve around cultural rituals or symbolic family traditions. Mark Travers, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 But despite this vetting, The Hollywood Reporter has discovered several inconsistencies regarding both his work history and recent romantic entanglements that contradict the received narrative. Barbara Lippert, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 The pair was rumored to have gone from friends to romantic interests after the fashion show — and the rest is royal history. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 In another departure, Brazil and Andalusia offer screenplays whose themes capture the zeitgeist – whether in the battle to reconstitute family, odes to sorry, the exploration of cross-generational relationships, or withering takes by women on men and the inevitable disappointment of romantic love. John Hopewell, Variety, 28 Nov. 2023
Noun
Nancy, a hopeless romantic is looking for a trustworthy man to share her life with. Amaris Encinas, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2023 This eponymous romantic is Cashel Greville Ross, born in 1799. Daneet Steffens, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 She had been devoted to finding the perfect man to marry throughout the show’s original run and was often dubbed a hopeless romantic. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 Based on the first novel in Jenny Han’s young adult trilogy, this rom-com follows high schooler Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), the ultimate hopeless romantic. Abigail Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2023 In recent years, Mr. Rex has dressed up as a superhero, a hopeless romantic and the Easter Bunny (among other ensembles), with some matching color schemes for Dinny. Ryan Fonsecastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 Underneath a veneer of rebellion and anger, the Charlotte seen in this series is a hopeless romantic who believes in true love. Town & Country, 5 May 2023 The moon and Pluto harmonize today, awakening your inner romantic. USA TODAY, 2 May 2023 Christine has another, more ardent suitor, the aviator hero André (Roland Toutain), the film’s tragic romantic; his best friend, Octave (played by Renoir himself), is at turns jovial and melancholic. Chris Vognar, Chron, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

French romantique, from obsolete romant romance, from Old French romanz

First Known Use

Adjective

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of romantic was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Romantic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/romantic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

romantic

1 of 2 noun
ro·​man·​tic rō-ˈmant-ik How to pronounce romantic (audio)
: a romantic person
especially : a romantic writer, composer, or artist

romantic

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of, relating to, or resembling a romance
romantic writing
2
3
: impractical
a romantic scheme
4
a
: stressing or appealing to the emotions or imagination
a romantic spot
b
often capitalized : of or relating to romanticism
5
: of, relating to, or associated with love
romantically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

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