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romance 1

Line breaks: ro|mance
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmans/


1 [mass noun] A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love: I had a thirst for romance
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  • 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 blossomed
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  • 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.
love, passion, ardour, adoration, devotion;
affection, fondness, intimacy, attachment
1.2 [count noun] A love affair, especially one that is not very serious or long-lasting: a holiday romance
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  • 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.
love affair, affair, affair of the heart, relationship, liaison, courtship, amorous/romantic entanglement, intrigue, attachment;
flirtation, dalliance;
French amour, affaire, affaire de/du cœur
1.3 [count noun] A book or film dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way: light historical romances
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  • 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.
love story;
romantic fiction, light fiction, sentimental fiction
informal tear jerker
1.4A genre of fiction dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way: wartime passion from the master of romance
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  • 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.
2 [mass noun] A quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life: the romance of the sea
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  • 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.
mystery, glamour, excitement, colourfulness, colour, exoticism, mystique;
appeal, allure, fascination, charm
3A medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry, of the kind common in the Romance languages: the Arthurian romances
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  • 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.
4A work of fiction depicting a setting and events remote from everyday life, especially one of a kind popular in the 16th and 17th centuries: Elizabethan pastoral romances
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  • He was paid well for La Galatea, a pastoral romance (a new popular genre); published in 1585.
5 Music A short informal piece: the romance from The Gadfly became a popular favourite
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  • 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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1 dated Try to gain the love of; court: the wealthy estate owner romanced her
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  • 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 custom of (someone), especially by the use of flattery: he is being romanced by the big boys in New York
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  • ‘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 started romancing
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  • 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


Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmansə/ /ˈrəʊmansə/


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 centred on romantic love' dates from the mid 17th century.

  • The Romance languages are the European languages descended from Latin, and the word romance came via Old French from Latin Romanicus ‘Roman’. A romance became a medieval narrative in the local language that described the adventures of a hero of chivalry. These adventures tended to be so wild and improbable that the word came to be associated with any work of fiction depicting events remote from everyday life or, because love was often a subject, dealing with love. The senses ‘idealized or sentimental love’ and ‘a love affair’ are Victorian. Romantic is a more recent word from the mid 17th century. At the end of the 18th century the Romantic movement arose, exemplified by the writers Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats and painters such as William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, and Goya.

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Romance 2 Line breaks: Ro|mance
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmans/


Relating to or denoting the group of Indo-European languages descended from Latin, principally French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Occitan, and Romanian: the Romance languages
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  • In the Romance languages, you ‘exit the room creeping’, ‘cross the river swimming’, and ‘descend the hill limping’.
  • Now of the Romance languages, French and Portuguese are harder to learn, and so what are the characteristics there that make them less easy to learn than other Romance languages?
  • But, he smiled as he studied his vocabulary lists, if his plan was to emigrate out of the Balkans, learning Romance languages would be the way to go.


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The Romance languages considered as a group.
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  • Such guidance is simply invaluable to those who face the bewildering inconsistencies in English which Romance, Slav, Germanic and even Hungarian generally lack.


Middle English (originally denoting the vernacular language of France as opposed to Latin): from Old French romanz, based on Latin Romanicus 'Roman'.

Words that rhyme with Romance

askance, bromance, expanse, finance, Hans, Hanse, manse, nance, Penzance
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