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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Signature vibrato guitar melodies, lyrics both sentimental and comedic, his outlandish personality and various antics have allowed Mac to continue to stand out among the crowd. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Get your act together: 10 must-see artists at Lollapalooza," 31 July 2017 The 19th-century item was a family heirloom with sentimental value. Steve Annear,, "‘REWARD!’: Student scrambling to get back heirloom bedframe plucked from the curbside," 14 June 2018 Though Curry rebounded from his off-night in Game 3 with a 37-point effort, and was clearly the sentimental favorite, the award went to Durant for the second consecutive year. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ 3rd title wasn’t easy, but it was dynastic," 11 June 2018 Only his 52-year old jockey, who has reached the peak of his powers in the twilight of his career, added much sentimental value to the story. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify goes wire to wire in Belmont Stakes to win Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 While Kidman got sentimental, Urban opted for a silly candid shot. Maria Pasquini,, "Nicole Kidman Reveals the Secret to Her 12-Year Marriage to Keith Urban: ‘Keep Contributing’," 3 July 2018 But don't think for a second that ol' Swaggy P is going to get all sentimental about it. Chuck Schilken,, "Nick Young is finally in the NBA Finals, but doesn't want to talk about it," 29 May 2018 Williams was both the actual and sentimental favorite, and had a host of celebrities pulling for her. Sam Farmer,, "Humble Kerber Ends Serena's Comeback Trail In Wimbledon Final," 14 July 2018 On July 9, Delta hosted a birthday soiree for Sybil Peacock Harmon at her retirement home in Acworth, Ga., full of sentimental details. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Delta throws 102nd birthday party for pioneering flight attendant, WWII vet," 13 July 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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