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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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 Some critics in Catalonia question Torra’s suitability to govern the region’s 7.5 million residents, most of whom have familial, cultural or sentimental connections to the rest of Spain. Washington Post, "Fervent secessionist picked as Catalonia’s stand-in leader," 15 May 2018 Many contend that its characterizations and storytelling are quaintly sentimental, factually suspect and—worst of all—unenlightened. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "What’s Wrong With ‘Green Book’?," 27 Dec. 2018 This sentimental value is not lost on Chopra, either. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "All the Details of Priyanka Chopra's Exquisite Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 5 Dec. 2018 The very first one, bought from Alleles, in part because of the sentimental value and also the regal autumn gold and maroon colors because fall is her favorite season. Edward Lampley, Teen Vogue, "What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry," 5 Sep. 2018 Doctors are urging parents everywhere to keep their kids baby teeth, and no itâs not for sentimental reasons. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Who’s the safest passenger in the vehicle? Keep your baby rear-facing as long as possible," 24 Apr. 2018 But Connelly, the majority owner of his ad agency, isn’t acquiring the Irish agency Strategem for sentimental reasons., "After a long hunt, ad agency Connelly Partners pulls off an acquisition in Dublin," 9 Apr. 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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