sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of sentimental 

1a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism

b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought a sentimental attachment a sentimental favorite

2 : having an excess of sentiment or sensibility

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Other Words from sentimental

sentimentally adverb

Examples of sentimental in a Sentence

He has a sentimental attachment to his old high school. She saved her wedding gown for sentimental reasons. He has sentimental ideas about the past. I tend to get very sentimental when I think about my childhood.
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The tattoo is particularly sentimental considering the actress has wrapped filming on the last season of the hit HBO show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Just Cut Off All Her Hair And It's SO Short," 27 Sep. 2018 Lauren Jauregui opened up to Nylon about going solo, recording her sentimental and personal new album, and her love life. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Lauren Jauregui Doesn't Date According to the Gender Binary," 5 Sep. 2018 Garza lives out of his truck but refuses to sell his guitar because of its sentimental value. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "A nightmare drive down the Pacific Coast Highway conjures childhood memories," 7 Aug. 2018 The owners took to social media to find the woman and track down the painting, which holds special sentimental value. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Restaurant patron steals artwork off wall, returns it after Facebook tracks her down," 16 July 2018 Some of them have sentimental value for some reason or another, some of them just sound beautiful. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "John Legend Has His Dad Jokes at the Ready," 14 Jan. 2016 The necklace is a sentimental reminder of her ties to the mortal world. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration," 25 Oct. 2018 For a larger party, simple gifts such as delicate ornaments are a wonderful way to leave everyone with a sentimental token to remember the evening. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Celebrity Event Planner’s Secrets for the Best Holiday Party Ever," 10 Oct. 2018 Diana also carried out so much charity work on the continent, undoubtedly adding another sentimental connection. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Hidden Meaning Behind Why Prince Harry Always Wears the Same Bracelet," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of sentimental

: based on, showing, or resulting from feelings or emotions rather than reason or thought

: appealing to the emotions especially in an excessive way

: having or expressing strong feelings of love, sadness, etc., in a way that may seem foolish or excessive


sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of sentimental

1 : influenced strongly by feelings of affection or yearning She kept her old doll for sentimental reasons.

2 : primarily affecting the emotions a sentimental story

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