What does Romance mean?

Definitions for Romanceroʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mæns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Romance.

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"


  1. Romance(n.)

    a love affair, esp. one in which the lovers display their deep affection openly, by romantic gestures.

  2. Origin: [OE. romance, romant, romaunt, OF. romanz, romans, romant, roman, F. roman, romance, fr. LL. Romanice in the Roman language, in the vulgar tongue, i. e., in the vulgar language which sprang from Latin, the language of the Romans, and hence applied to fictitious compositions written in this vulgar tongue; fr. L. Romanicus Roman, fr. Romanus. See Roman, and cf. Romanic, Romaunt, Romansch, Romanza.]


  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

  8. Origin: [OE. romance, romant, romaunt, OF. romanz, romans, romant, roman, F. roman, romance, fr. LL. Romanice in the Roman language, in the vulgar tongue, i. e., in the vulgar language which sprang from Latin, the language of the Romans, and hence applied to fictitious compositions written in this vulgar tongue; fr. L. Romanicus Roman, fr. Romanus. See Roman, and cf. Romanic, Romaunt, Romansch, Romanza.]


  1. Romance

    Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person associated with sexual attraction. It is eros rather than agape, philia, or storge. In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one's strong romantic love, or one's deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically. Historically, the term "romance" originates with the medieval ideal of chivalry as set out in its chivalric romance literature. Humans have a natural inclination to form bonds with one another through social interactions, be it through verbal communication or nonverbal gestures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Romance

    rō-mans′, n. a general name for those modern languages in southern Europe which sprang from a corruption of the Roman or Latin language—Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Provençal, French, Roumanian, Romansch, &c.: a tale written in one of these dialects: any fictitious and wonderful tale: a fictitious narrative in prose or verse which passes beyond the limits of real life: a ballad.—adj. belonging to the dialects called Romance.—v.i. to write or tell romances: to talk extravagantly: to build castles in the air.—ns. Roman′cer, Roman′cist.—adjs. Roman′cical (Lamb), dealing with romance; Roman′ic, Romance: derived from the Roman alphabet. [O. Fr. romans—Low L. adv. (loqui) romanice, (to speak) in the Roman or Latin tongue—L. Romanicus, Roman.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. romance

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

Editors Contribution

  1. romance

    An intimate relationship between two people who exist as a partnership together.

    Romance is experienced by some who love to share their life with another human being in partnership together.

  2. romance

    To create an experience for your partner and you to both spend time together or share an activity that creates a sense or feeling that you mean to be kind, thoughtful, caring, loving and understanding.

    Romance is desired by some people who are in a relationship to create a sense of kindness, thoughtfulness, caring or loving feelings.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for Romance »

  1. Cameron, Cremona, nom race


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Romance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Romance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde:

    To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance.

  2. Elizabeth Ashley:

    In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    In the Land of Romance, cheap candles are more valuable than ingots of gold.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.

  5. Patti Stanger:

    Since entrepreneurs prioritize business they tend to put romance second, which puts potential mates off and leaves love on the back burner.

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Translations for Romance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قصة حبArabic
  • Liebeserlebnis, romantische Liebe, Romanze, RomantikGerman
  • romanceSpanish
  • داستان عاشقانهPersian
  • romanssiFinnish
  • romance, amour romantiqueFrench
  • cooish ghraihManx
  • románcHungarian
  • idillio, romanzo, romanticheria, atmosfera fantasiosa, storia d'amore, poesia, esagerazione fantasiosaItalian
  • ロマンス, ロマンチックな愛, 伝奇, 恋愛, ロマンチック・ラブ, 伝奇小説, 恋Japanese
  • ប្រលោមលោកKhmer
  • fābulaLatin
  • romanceDutch
  • romancePortuguese
  • романс, романтика, романтическая любовь, роман, романтическая повестьRussian
  • romantikSwedish

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