sentimental

adjective
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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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.com, "Cincinnati: 'Where every street has two names'," 22 Jan. 2018 Before participating in a photoshoot with a friend, the pair went to scope out the sentimental space. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'American Idol' Stars Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Are Engaged," 25 Mar. 2019 Both Kate and Meghan Markle have worn sentimental pieces of jewelry from Diana's personal collection as a way to pay tribute to their late mother-in-law. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019 Its commercial use for animals began in the early 2000s, Seiber said, as grieving pet owners sought a sentimental disposal option that didn’t require an expensive burial or involve burning Fido to ashes. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water," 14 June 2018 Belichick has never been the warm-and-fuzzy sentimental type. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Lions must trade Matthew Stafford for Tom Brady," 2 Feb. 2018 Sarah Ferguson turned heads at her daughter Princess Eugenie's wedding last month in an all-emerald ensemble, but there was a hidden sentimental meaning behind her monochrome mother-of-the-bride look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson's Green Royal Wedding Dress Was a Subtle Tribute to Her Wedding to Prince Andrew," 12 Nov. 2018 Priyanka wasn't the only one getting sentimental on social media; Nick was right there with her. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Make Their Engagement Instagram Official," 18 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sentimental was in 1741

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sentimental

adjective

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

sentimental

adjective
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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