Definitions for Romanceroʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ro•manceroʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns(n.; v.; adj.)-manced, -manc•ing

  1. (n.)a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, exploits, etc., usu. in a historical or imaginary setting.

    Category: Literature

  2. a medieval narrative, orig. one in verse and in a Romance language, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.

    Category: Literature

  3. a made-up story, usu. full of fanciful invention.

  4. a romantic spirit, sentiment, or the like.

  5. romantic aura, setting, character, or quality.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. a love affair.

  7. (cap.) the Romance languages.

    Category: Peoples

  8. (v.i.)to indulge in fanciful stories or daydreams.

  9. to think or talk romantically.

  10. (v.t.)to court or woo romantically.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  11. to court the favor of; play up to.

  12. (adj.)(cap.) of, pertaining to, or denoting the group of languages descended from the spoken Latin of the Roman Empire, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of romance:

1250–1300; ME romaunce Romance language, composition in such a language < OF romance, n. use of fem. of romanz, romans (adj.) written in the vernacular < VL *Rōmānicē (adv.), der. of L Rōmānicus; see Romanic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. love affair, romance(noun)

    a relationship between two lovers

  2. romanticism, romance(noun)

    an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

  3. Romance, Romance language, Latinian language(noun)

    the group of languages derived from Latin

  4. love story, romance(noun)

    a story dealing with love

  5. romance(adj)

    a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life

  6. Romance, Latin(verb)

    relating to languages derived from Latin

    "Romance languages"

  7. woo, court, romance, solicit(verb)

    make amorous advances towards

    "John is courting Mary"

  8. romance(verb)

    have a love affair with

  9. chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash(verb)

    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

    "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"

  10. romance(verb)

    tell romantic or exaggerated lies

    "This author romanced his trip to an exotic country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. romance(noun)ʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

    an exciting and mysterious or adventurous quality

    the romance of travel in foreign countries

  2. romanceʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

    a short love relationship

    a summer romance

  3. romanceʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

    romantic love and the actions that express it

    the romance of falling in love for the first time

  4. romanceʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

    a book, movie, etc. about love

    The movie is a good summer romance.


  1. romance(Noun)

    An intimate relationship between two people; a love affair.

  2. romance(Noun)

    A strong obsession or attachment for something or someone.

  3. romance(Noun)

    Love which is pure or beautiful.

  4. romance(Noun)

    A mysterious, exciting, or fascinating quality.

  5. romance(Noun)

    A story or novel dealing with idealised love.

  6. romance(Noun)

    An embellished account of something; an idealised lie.

  7. romance(Verb)

    Woo; court.

  8. romance(Verb)

    To write or tell romantic stories, poetry, letters, etc.

  9. Romance(Noun)

    The group of languages and cultures which are derived from Latin.

  10. Romance(Adjective)

    Of or dealing with languages or cultures derived from Roman influence and Latin: as in Portuguese, Italian, French, and Spanish.

  11. Origin: See romance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Romance(noun)

    a species of fictitious writing, originally composed in meter in the Romance dialects, and afterward in prose, such as the tales of the court of Arthur, and of Amadis of Gaul; hence, any fictitious and wonderful tale; a sort of novel, especially one which treats of surprising adventures usually befalling a hero or a heroine; a tale of extravagant adventures, of love, and the like

  2. Romance(noun)

    an adventure, or series of extraordinary events, resembling those narrated in romances; as, his courtship, or his life, was a romance

  3. Romance(noun)

    a dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to ignore what is real; as, a girl full of romance

  4. Romance(noun)

    the languages, or rather the several dialects, which were originally forms of popular or vulgar Latin, and have now developed into Italian. Spanish, French, etc. (called the Romanic languages)

  5. Romance(noun)

    a short lyric tale set to music; a song or short instrumental piece in ballad style; a romanza

  6. Romance(adj)

    of or pertaining to the language or dialects known as Romance

  7. Romance(verb)

    to write or tell romances; to indulge in extravagant stories

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. romance

    Where the hero begins by deceiving himself and ends by deceiving others.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Romance' in Nouns Frequency: #2852

Anagrams of Romance

  1. Cameron, Cremona, nom race

Translations for Romance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the relationship, actions etc of people who are in love

It was a beautiful romance, but it didn't last.

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