Definition of romantic in English:


Line breaks: ro¦man|tic
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈmantɪk


  • 1Conducive to or characterized by the expression of love: a romantic candlelit dinner
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    • On our last evening in Maui, Daniel had prepared a very romantic, candlelit dinner on the shore.
    • A beautiful woman, home alone, begins to set the dinner table for a romantic meal: candles, roses, a bottle of champagne.
    • With white lights twinkling around the street-facing windows, a single red rose on our table and the candle lamp glowing between us, our fondue dinner felt almost romantic.
  • 1.1(Of a person) readily demonstrating feelings of love: he’s very handsome, and so romantic
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    • One sip and you know why romantic women fall in love with dark, pensive strangers.
    • He gave the impression of being a romantic rebel rather than a person of prime ministerial stature.
    • Nevertheless, James and Sylvia's connection counts as a love story, running as deep as any other romantic couple's, only in a different direction.
  • 1.2Relating to love, especially in a sentimental or idealized way: a romantic comedy
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    • Victorians idealized romantic love as an almost religious experience and utilized it to justify physical intimacy.
    • Women who love romantic comedy will love this movie.
    • I can enjoy a cheesy romantic comedy as much as the next girl, and I am absolutely blown away by some effects and stunts in action films.
  • 3 (usually Romantic) Relating to or denoting the movement of romanticism: the Romantic tradition
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    • Perhaps more than any other Romantic composer, Berlioz found inspiration for his music in literature.
    • Beethoven delighted Rousseau's Romantic admirers with his demonstration of the moral force expressible in music.
    • He preferred to start again, with the result that he produced one of the finest concerti of the Romantic era.


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  • 2 (usually Romantic) A writer or artist of the Romantic movement: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the later Romantics
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    • Using the language of the Romantics or the Victorian poets, as so many Indo-English poets have done and still do, is disastrous.
    • The English Romantics - Samuel Coleridge in particular - imported many of these new German ideas to Britain.
    • Writers like the Romantics, who found mystery in the commonplace and saw the universal in each individual's experience, remind us to hope.



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  • Some say the sand is there as a reminder of 40 years in the desert; others, less romantically, that it is a fire precaution.
  • Some of the attempts were amateur and romantically inept.
  • His poems are full of lush details and sensual images, but he can also be extremely tender, almost romantically melancholic.


mid 17th century (referring to the characteristics of romance in a narrative): from archaic romaunt 'tale of chivalry', from an Old French variant of romanz (see romance).

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