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Middle English (originally denoting the vernacular language of France as opposed to Latin): from Old French romanz, based on Latin Romanicus 'Roman'.
More definitions of RomanceDefinition of Romance in:
- The British & World English dictionary
- 1A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love: in search of romanceMore example sentences
- For middle-aged women since the 1950s, Paris has been associated with romance - and sometimes with sex.
- That, combined with the lights of the city and French conversation, clarified why Paris was always associated with romance.
- Jemmey had spent years wandering from village to village in search of romance.
- 1.1Love, especially when sentimental or idealized: he asked her for a date and romance blossomedMore example sentences
- It is meant to act as a check on the problematic impulses of romance and sentimentalism.
- He and Travis never talked about feelings or about intimate things like romance.
- Both men and women consider romance and passion far less important than support and caring.
- 1.2An exciting, enjoyable love affair, especially one that is not serious or long-lasting: a summer romanceMore example sentences
- Alora had had boyfriends before when she was a two or three years younger, but only childish romances, nothing serious.
- Jude could almost picture it - summers spent in with the family, and holiday romances remembered fondly years later.
- Following a whirlwind romance, the two get hitched and jet off to Europe for a disastrous honeymoon - returning back to America at the point of separation.
- 1.3A book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way: light historical romancesMore example sentences
- Too many movie romances depend on the love story as a function of the plot, rather than giving us two characters who have appealing qualities or who might actually see something in one another.
- It also posed one of the great unanswered questions of recent film romances - did they meet again?
- The promotional materials presented the film strictly as a romance with no hint of its political overtones.
- 1.4A genre of fiction dealing with love in an idealized way: wartime passion from the master of romanceMore example sentences
- Much the same with horror or science fiction or romance.
- You write in several different genres; you've written some science fiction and romance in addition to mystery.
- Thus, if we are to associate Hawthorne's explanation of sympathy with any genre, it should not be with either romance or sentimental fiction.
- 2A quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life: the beauty and romance of the nightMore example sentences
- Slowly the colours of the day faded and the dark purple of the night crept in, with its eerie sense of romance and evil to it.
- Admittedly, the cigarette helped create an aura of mystery and romance even in the very early years of film.
- Turner was unavoidably saturated in the history and romance of the sea.
- 2.2A work of fiction dealing with events remote from real life.More example sentences
- He was paid well for La Galatea, a pastoral romance (a new popular genre); published in 1585.
- 3A medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry, of the kind common in the Romance languages: the Arthurian romancesMore example sentences
- Deeper roots can be traced in medieval romances of chivalry.
- He drew on the classics and on medieval romances.
- The ancient epic had its counterpart in athletic contests just as the medieval romance had its counterpart in jousts and tournaments between knights.
- 3.1The literary genre of romance.More example sentences
- But unlike the knight in romance, who is essentially curious about evil, the ultimate Christian hero aspires to know his true self.
- 4 Music A short informal piece.More example sentences
- His own works, stimulated by the folk music of his native country, include fantasias, romances, and transcriptions, of which Zigeunerweisen, Jota aragonesa, and the four books of Spanish dances are still played.
- In between, there are virtuoso showpieces, hilarious buffo send-ups, and elegiac romances, all enhanced by imaginative instrumental accompaniments.
- The variations for piano and orchestra, on a romance from Morlacci's opera Tebaldo e Isolina, were destined for the court at Parma.
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- 1Court; woo: the wealthy estate owner romanced herMore example sentences
- It was the time she had first met Duncan, when he had romanced her, flattered her, and pretended that he loved her.
- But it started with Peterson showing up with champagne and strawberries and really that was the beginning of his romancing her.
- She hoped he wasn't going to start romancing her.
- 1.1 • informal Seek the attention or patronage of (someone), especially by use of flattery: he is being romanced by the big boys in New YorkMore example sentences
- ‘We romanced the idea of having customers see what's in the store - people and products - when they're not in the store,’ says Zenaide Russack, Canal Jean's manager.
- And one of the main reasons is that there are a lot of new voters and naturalized citizens that don't have a tradition of loyalty to either party, therefore, they are open to be convinced or, like I say, open to be romanced.
- 1.2 [no object] Engage in a love affair: we start romancingMore example sentences
- The smitten couple, who have been romancing for six years, got engaged in March this year in Paris' Eiffel Tower.
- Spokespeople for Jennifer and Vince have insisted the pair are not romancing.
- 2 another term for romanticize. to a certain degree I am romancing the past
Middle English: from Romance, originally denoting a composition in the vernacular as opposed to works in Latin. Early use denoted vernacular verse on the theme of chivalry; the sense 'genre centered on romantic love' dates from the mid 17th century.