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 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 From Princess Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring to the Duchess's sentimental engagement ring, there are countless precious gems for Harry and Meghan to gift their future family. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Sweet Connection Meghan Markle's Favorite Watch Has to the Late Princess Diana," 13 Aug. 2018 But the depiction of working life is anything but sentimental. Geoffrey O’brien, WSJ, "‘How Did Lubitsch Do It?’ Review: Master of the Humane Comedy," 21 June 2018 Image Halep, already a superstar in Romania, has become a genuine sentimental favorite beyond her borders. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Can Simona Halep Finally Make Her Major Breakthrough?," 7 June 2018 The Belmont Stakes will be run Saturday in New York, with Justify, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, as the sentimental favorite. Debbie Lord, ajc, "Belmont Stakes 2018: What time, what channel, who is racing, what are the odds?," 3 June 2018 Strategy and desperation delivered a compelling run to the finish Sunday, leaving the door open for a collection of sentimental favorites, a local hero, and a couple of long, long, long shots. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Will Power takes charge in final laps to win the Indianapolis 500," 27 May 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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