sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce sentimental (audio) \

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web There are six different designs to choose from, any of which will make for a lovely sentimental decoration in any room of a home. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Walking down the aisle alongside your friends and family is a sentimental affair, and dressing your mom in a gown that’s elegant, romantic, and festive will make the big day feel all the more momentous (not to mention lovely for photographs). Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Many working- and middle-class people have property to pass on, from sentimental items to, in some cases, a house. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 And finally, his pat, sentimental appraisal of his wife feels more like an act of obliteration than appreciation. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Have his child's birthday engraved onto the glass for a sentimental touch. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 15 May 2022 Of course, Donnie doesn’t only show his fans his sentimental side on major Hallmark holidays. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 13 May 2022 Justin also shared the sentimental connection the family has to Max. Stephanie Wenger,, 9 May 2022 Blended gardens combine those sentimental heirlooms and irresistible nonnatives with native plants important for pollinators, insects and birds. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 May 2022

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“Sentimental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce sentimental (audio) \

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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