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

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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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Since the lunch counter is a sentimental favorite for many Cincinnatians, there was a pretty big reaction in conversations about it both on and offline. Polly Campbell,, "Hathaway's: You know it's still open, right? And patty melts haven't gone away," 20 June 2019 On Thursday, the party came with a touch of the sentimental, as Seger winds down his long road career with the Roll Me Away Tour, a farewell run currently scheduled through October. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Bob Seger brings it home as farewell tour lands at DTE for final run at the old Pine Knob," 6 June 2019 In fact, Howe’s poetry was neither pious, sentimental, nor morbid. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 27 May 2019 The s’mores are a sentimental favorite for the couple, who married in March of 2013. Michelle Matthews |,, "The sweet story of The Birmingham Candy Company," 4 June 2019 Over the years, the singer-songwriter has used her body as a canvas, telling stories with symbols and words meant to represent important moments of her life, and her latest tattoo is just as sentimental. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Demi Lovato Debuts Tattoo of Her Great-Grandmother," 19 May 2019 Getty Images Theatre trips are a sentimental choice for the couple, too, as one of their very earliest dates together involved an evening out at the West End. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Took a Secret Date Night to the Theatre," 4 Mar. 2019 Now, even most millennials are probably too young to feel sentimental yearning for it. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Steven Spielberg on the Glories and Limits of Nostalgia in Ready Player One," 29 Mar. 2018 Maybe council members were feeling especially sentimental. Cameron Knight,, "Cincinnati: 'Where every street has two names'," 22 Jan. 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 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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