Definition of romantic in English:


Syllabification: ro·man·tic
Pronunciation: /rōˈmantik, rə-


  • 1Inclined toward or suggestive of the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with 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.
    loving, amorous, passionate, tender, affectionate
    informal lovey-dovey
  • 1.1Relating 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.
  • 2Of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality: a romantic attitude toward the past some romantic dream of country peace
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    • 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.
    idyllic, picturesque, fairy-tale; beautiful, lovely, charming, prettyidealistic, idealized, romanticized, unrealistic, fanciful, impractical; head-in-the-clouds, starry-eyed, optimistic, hopeful, visionary, utopian, fairy-tale
  • 3 (usually Romantic) Of, relating to, or denoting the artistic and literary 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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  • 1A person with romantic beliefs or attitudes: I am an incurable romantic
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 (usually Romantic) A writer or artist of the Romantic movement.
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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.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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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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