romantic

adjective
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

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 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

In romance scams, attacks will spend months or even years establishing deceptive romantic relationships with victims online. Wired, "281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep," 10 Sep. 2019 Facebook launched dating in May 2018—shortly after the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal—with the idea that the social network’s mission to bring people closer together should include romantic relationships. Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook's New Dating Feature Lets You Pick a 'Secret Crush' From Your Instagram Network," 5 Sep. 2019 Check out just a few reactions, below: On Friday, August 23, Taylor Swift released her seventh studio album, Lover, a sprawling, 18-track collection of music that details several phases of a romantic relationship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Gigi Hadid and Camila Cabello Were Living for Taylor Swift's 2019 MTV VMAs Performance," 27 Aug. 2019 Disney released the first official trailer Friday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and gave a glimpse into the romantic adventures of Lady, the American Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a mongrel pup. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Theroux Shares Sweet Story of the Rescue Dog He Voices in Lady and the Tramp Remake," 26 Aug. 2019 Caitlin goes so far as to ask whether Kristina has explored any romantic relationships of her own. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Bachelor In Paradise," 22 Aug. 2019 But this 1967 romantic comedy was groundbreaking for its time. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "45 Classic Movies to Watch If You Love Rom-Coms," 9 Sep. 2019 The indie romantic comedy, which is shot in Toronto, also stars Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Phillipa Soo, Arturo Castro and Molly Gordon. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bernadette Peters, Suki Waterhouse Join 'The Broken Heart Gallery' Rom-Com," 6 Sep. 2019 Her next film role will be in the 2020 romantic comedy Coming 2 America, which also stars Eddie Murphy, Leslie Jones, Jermaine Fowler, and Tracy Morgan. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know About Garcelle Beauvais, RHOBH's Famous New Housewife," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Subsequent catwalks went on to channel young romantics, and mock Sloane Rangers, and offer a twisted homage to the mini-crinis of Christian Lacroix. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 The right mix of players, hopeless romantics, oddballs and abs is crucial to a season’s success, and this is a science British Love Island producers have down to an art. Kate Samuelson, Time, "CBS Renewed Love Island Despite Lackluster Ratings. Can the Show Find its Happily Ever After in Season Two?," 12 Aug. 2019 The Fall shows abounded in variety, with a broad range of options to suit the goth and the poetry lover, sartorialists and hopeless romantics. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 2019 This sentiment fits perfectly with his eclectic, electric vision of clothing for gender-bending romantics who live in plissé lamés and beaded cardigans with stories embedded in their very fabric. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story was especially rom-com-y and captivated the hearts and imaginations of hopeless romantics all over the world. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Harry and Meghan's Love Story Has Something Very Sweet in Common With Will and Kate's," 19 Aug. 2018 Below, the best Valentine's Day songs ever—throwbacks included—for all the hopeless romantics out there. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Valentine's Day Songs That Will Give You All the Feels," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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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
: 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 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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