- 1Conducive to or characterized by the expression of love: a romantic candlelit dinnerMore example sentences
- 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 romanticMore example sentences
- 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 comedyMore example sentences
sentimental, hearts-and-flowers; mawkish, over-sentimental, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, syrupy• informal slushy, mushy, sloppy, schmaltzy, weepy, cutesy, gooey, drippy, sloshy, soupy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making, toe-curlingBritish • informal soppy• trademark Mills and Boon
- 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.
- 2Of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality: a romantic attitude to the past some romantic dream of country peaceMore example sentences
idyllic, picturesque, fairy-tale; beautiful, lovely, charming, delightful, prettyidealistic, idealized, unrealistic, head-in-the-clouds, out of touch with reality; starry-eyed, optimistic, hopeful, visionary, utopian, fairy-tale, fanciful, dreamy, ivory-towered; impractical, unpractical, unworkable, improbable, unlikely
- As an historian - certainly as a woman - she had not the slightest romantic illusions about the realities of human life during the long childhood of the species.
- When she turns to poetry for children, there is a strain of romantic idealism as she suggests the beauty of uncrowded nature.
- But I'm struck by what seems to be a romantic view of the designer as the one who does the typography - as opposed to the one who has the idea.
- 3 (usually Romantic) Relating to or denoting the movement of romanticism: the Romantic traditionMore example sentences
- 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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- 1A person with romantic beliefs or attitudes: I am an incurable romanticMore example sentences
- True romantics have the right attitude; and use imagination to cultivate loving, sensual relationships.
- ‘We were considered the clowns, the dreamers, the romantics,’ he adds.
- This is a beautiful record for hopeless romantics and dreamers - don't let the cynics tell you otherwise.
- 2 (usually Romantic) A writer or artist of the Romantic movement: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the later RomanticsMore example sentences
- 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).