ro·​man·​tic | \ rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio) , rə- \

Essential Meaning of romantic

1 : of, relating to, or involving love between two people She had romantic feelings for him. He had a romantic relationship with a coworker. See More ExamplesHer latest movie is a romantic comedy. [=a comedy about two people who fall in love with each other] His brother was having romantic troubles at the time. She won't discuss her romantic life with the press.Hide
2 : making someone think of love : suitable for romance a romantic sunset/dinner/song
3 : thinking about love and doing and saying things to show that you love someone Why can't you be more romantic?

Full Definition of romantic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of or resembling a romance
2 : having no basis in fact : imaginary
3 : impractical in conception or plan : visionary
4a : marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
b often capitalized : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of romanticism
c : of or relating to music of the 19th century characterized by an emphasis on subjective emotional qualities and freedom of form also : of or relating to a composer of this music
5a : having an inclination for romance : responsive to the appeal of what is idealized, heroic, or adventurous
b : marked by expressions of love or affection
c : conducive to or suitable for lovemaking
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the part of the hero especially in a light comedy



Definition of romantic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a romantic person, trait, or component
2 capitalized : a romantic writer, artist, or composer

Other Words from romantic


romantically \ rō-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce romantic (audio) , rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of romantic in a Sentence

Adjective She had romantic feelings for him. He had a romantic relationship with a coworker. His brother was having romantic troubles at the time. She won't discuss her romantic life with the press. Why can't you be more romantic? He has some romantic notions about life on a farm. She had a lot of big romantic dreams of becoming an actress. Beethoven was the first great Romantic composer. Noun She married a real romantic who brings her roses every day. Law school is no place for idealists and romantics. Beethoven was the first great Romantic among composers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Issa Rae’s romantic comedy just wrapped up its fifth and final season. Globe Staff,, 6 Jan. 2022 Hwang In-yeop plays the leading man in this romantic comedy, also starring Seo Hyun-jin. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 With Love is not the kind of romantic comedy that believes in piling on complications for its characters. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 The two actors were spotted on the set of their upcoming romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise on Tuesday in Australia's Gold Coast. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 28 Dec. 2021 This pathetically unwatchable romantic comedy — starring William Shatner and Jean Smart — sat on the shelf for four years, and that wasn’t long enough. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 The New Drury Lane production, directed by Matt Crowle, is a romantic comedy about two guys vying for the affections of the same young woman, and the cast in Oakbrook Terrace is terrific. Doug George,, 22 Dec. 2021 Mickeey Nguyen, Kara Duncan and Stephanie Herrera co-star in this holiday romantic comedy. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 The 1944 Judy Garland film is a romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters, and it's rarely met a disapproving critic with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. Joe Mutascio, The Courier-Journal, 7 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What kind of person would want to work at an online dating detective agency: a hopeless romantic, or a consummate cynic? Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Jan. 2022 Being a romantic, however, can seem like defiance in a setting marked by turbulence, tradition and restriction. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The new show’s very premise forces it first to reduce a foursome to three with the departure of Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, to isolate those three from one another, and to divide its central romantic twosome in half. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 Ultimately, Holmes is largely banking on jurors believing her claims that her former romantic and business partner, Sunny Balwani, manipulated her through emotional, verbal, and physical abuse. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 While couples may find Aspen’s elevated dining scene romantic, delightfully indulgent and dynamic, those with picky kiddos might find the same menus limiting. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 After all, in each of us lies a romantic, a minimalist, a bohemian, a glamour girl, an edgy soul, and more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Nov. 2021 Written by Martinez and Nathalie Cox, the film will follow Rachel (Hurley), a hopeless romantic who is jilted at the altar. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 26 Oct. 2021 This particular storyline is a chronicle that could otherwise, not inaccurately, be written off as yet another Anderson tale of a depressive male romantic and his picture-perfect fantasy-muse. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of romantic


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for romantic


French romantique, from obsolete romant romance, from Old French romanz

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“Romantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for romantic


ro·​man·​tic | \ rō-ˈman-tik How to pronounce romantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of romantic

1 : stressing or appealing to the emotions or imagination
2 : involving or showing feelings of love
3 : not realistic : impractical
4 : suitable for a love story

Other Words from romantic

romantically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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