sentimental

adjective sen·ti·men·tal \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of sentimental

1 a : 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

sentimentally

adverb

Examples of sentimental in a Sentence

  1. He has a sentimental attachment to his old high school.

  2. She saved her wedding gown for sentimental reasons.

  3. He has sentimental ideas about the past.

  4. I tend to get very sentimental when I think about my childhood.

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741



SENTIMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

sentimental

adjective

Definition of sentimental for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SENTIMENTAL Defined for Kids

sentimental

adjective sen·ti·men·tal \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

Definition of sentimental for Students

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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