Definition of sentimental
1a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealismb : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought a sentimental attachment a sentimental favorite
2 : having an excess of sentiment or sensibility
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.
Recent Examples of sentimental from the Web
While Christina and Brent considered several places to have their wedding, Alys Beach proved to be the sentimental favorite for their big day on April 22, 2017.
The movie is less palatable, though, as some sentimental notes fit poorly with Martin’s often mordant humor.
The sentimental favorite is having a decent day so far, moving up to 13th place after 130 laps.
The actress told PeopleStyle in 2015 that her engagement to the Mr. Robot creator has been focused on sentimental details — including the story behind her ring.
There are others who’d like to see the sentimental favorite win this one.
Nostalgia—generally defined as a sentimental longing for bygone times—underwent a particularly significant metamorphosis in 1888, when Kodak released the first commercially successful camera for amateurs.
Leo Sujatovich's score, full of soft piano, guitar and strings, adds to the poignancy without veering too far into the sentimental.
The soundtrack is also filled with songs, from blaring hip-hop to sentimental jukebox standards, that were not performed Tuesday night.
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First Known Use of sentimental
SENTIMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sentimental for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of sentimental for Students
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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