sentimental

adjective
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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Along with a peek of the products, Kylie got sentimental about how much the project means to her. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods Gave Fans a Preview of Their Makeup Collaboration," 16 Sep. 2018 The Fines navigated the process by weeding out the sentimental from the practical. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Bought That Run-down Old House? Time for an Extreme Makeover," 19 July 2018 Get sentimental with an animated film adaption of The Little Prince, which features a voice ensemble cast of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, and Paul Rudd, etc. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "What's New on Netflix in August," 26 July 2016 But how does the sentimental, personal announcement of their first pregnancy compare to that of Kate Middleton and Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, or even Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle's Pregnancy Announcement Compares to Kate Middleton and Princess Diana," 15 Oct. 2018 The tattoo is particularly sentimental considering the actress has wrapped filming on the last season of the hit HBO show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Just Cut Off All Her Hair And It's SO Short," 27 Sep. 2018 Lauren Jauregui opened up to Nylon about going solo, recording her sentimental and personal new album, and her love life. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Lauren Jauregui Doesn't Date According to the Gender Binary," 5 Sep. 2018 Garza lives out of his truck but refuses to sell his guitar because of its sentimental value. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "A nightmare drive down the Pacific Coast Highway conjures childhood memories," 7 Aug. 2018 The owners took to social media to find the woman and track down the painting, which holds special sentimental value. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Restaurant patron steals artwork off wall, returns it after Facebook tracks her down," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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