Definitions for romanticroʊˈmæn tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ro•man•ticroʊˈmæn tɪk(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to romance.

  2. impractical or unrealistic; fanciful.

  3. imbued with idealism, a desire for adventure, etc.

  4. preoccupied with love or by the idealizing of love.

  5. expressing love or strong affection.

  6. ardent; passionate; fervent.

  7. (often cap.) of or characteristic of a style of literature and art that subordinates form to content, encourages freedom of treatment, emphasizes imagination, emotion, and introspection, and often celebrates nature, the ordinary person, and freedom of the spirit

    Category: Fine Arts, Literature

    Ref: (contrasted with classical 7 ).

  8. of or pertaining to a musical style, esp. of the 19th century, marked by the free expression of imagination and emotion, virtuosic display, experimentation with form, and the adventurous development of orchestral and piano music and opera.

    Category: Music and Dance

  9. imaginary, fictitious, or fabulous.

  10. noting the role of a suitor in a play about love:

    the romantic lead.

  11. (n.)a romantic person.

  12. (often cap.) an adherent of Romanticism.

Origin of romantic:

1640–50; < OF romant, taken as oblique form of romanz romance


Princeton's WordNet

  1. romantic(noun)

    a soulful or amorous idealist

  2. romanticist, romantic(adj)

    an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism

  3. romantic, romanticist, romanticistic(adj)

    belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts

    "romantic poetry"

  4. amatory, amorous, romantic(adj)

    expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance

    "her amatory affairs"; "amorous glances"; "a romantic adventure"; "a romantic moonlight ride"

  5. quixotic, romantic, wild-eyed(adj)

    not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic

    "as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"; "a romantic disregard for money"; "a wild-eyed dream of a world state"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. romantic(adjective)ʊˈmæn tɪk

    relating to love and relationships

    a romantic kiss; a romantic scene in the movie

  2. romanticʊˈmæn tɪk

    thinking about the world in a way that puts love, imagination, and excitement above other things

    his romantic ideas about life

  3. romanticʊˈmæn tɪk

    from or relating to the 19th century Romantic period in art, music, or literature

    the Romantic poets/composers

  4. romantic(noun)ʊˈmæn tɪk

    sb who thinks in a romantic way

    He's a true romantic.

  5. romanticʊˈmæn tɪk

    an artist, writer, or composer from the 19th century Romantic period


  1. romantic(Noun)

    A person with romantic character

  2. romantic(Noun)

    A person who is behaving romantically

    Oh, flowers! You're such a romantic.

  3. romantic(Adjective)

    Of a work of literature, a writer etc.: being like or having the characteristics of a romance, or poetic tale of a mythic or quasi-historical time; fantastic.

  4. romantic(Adjective)

    Fictitious, imaginary.

  5. romantic(Adjective)

    Fantastic, unrealistic (of an idea etc.); fanciful, sentimental, impractical (of a person).

    Mary sighed, knowing her ideals were far too romantic to work in reality.

  6. romantic(Adjective)

    Having the qualities of romance (in the sense of something appealing deeply to the imagination); invoking on a powerfully sentimental idea of life; evocative, atmospheric.

  7. romantic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to an idealised form of love (originally, as might be felt by the heroes of a romance); conducive to romance; loving, affectionate.

    Their kiss started casually, but it slowly turned romantic.

  8. Romantic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to Romance.

  9. Romantic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to Romanticism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Romantic(adj)

    of or pertaining to romance; involving or resembling romance; hence, fanciful; marvelous; extravagant; unreal; as, a romantic tale; a romantic notion; a romantic undertaking

  2. Romantic(adj)

    entertaining ideas and expectations suited to a romance; as, a romantic person; a romantic mind

  3. Romantic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages, as opposed to the classical antique; of the nature of, or appropriate to, that style; as, the romantic school of poets

  4. Romantic(adj)

    characterized by strangeness or variety; suggestive of adventure; suited to romance; wild; picturesque; -- applied to scenery; as, a romantic landscape


  1. Romantic

    "Romantic" is a song recorded by Karyn White. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 2, 1991, making it her biggest hit to date. "Romantic" was also Karyn White's fourth number one on the Hot Black Singles chart. She recorded it with her then-husband Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam and it became a huge success, replacing Mariah Carey's "Emotions" on November 2, 1991.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'romantic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4342

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'romantic' in Adjectives Frequency: #593

Translations for romantic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(negative unromantic ) (of a story) about people who are in love

a romantic novel.

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