What does romance mean?

Definitions for romance
roʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ mænsro·mance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word romance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. love affair, romancenoun

    a relationship between two lovers

  2. romanticism, romancenoun

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

  3. Romance, Romance language, Latinian languagenoun

    the group of languages derived from Latin

  4. love story, romancenoun

    a story dealing with love

  5. romanceadjective

    a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life

  6. Romance, Latinverb

    relating to languages derived from Latin

    "Romance languages"

  7. woo, court, romance, solicitverb

    make amorous advances towards

    "John is courting Mary"

  8. romanceverb

    have a love affair with

  9. chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mashverb

    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. romanceverb

    tell romantic or exaggerated lies

    "This author romanced his trip to an exotic country"


  1. Romancenoun

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


  1. romancenoun

    An intimate relationship between two people; a love affair.

  2. romancenoun

    A strong obsession or attachment for something or someone.

  3. romancenoun

    Love which is pure or beautiful.

  4. romancenoun

    A mysterious, exciting, or fascinating quality.

  5. romancenoun

    A story or novel dealing with idealised love.

  6. romancenoun

    An embellished account of something; an idealised lie.

  7. romanceverb

    Woo; court.

  8. romanceverb

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

  9. Romancenoun

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

  10. Romanceadjective

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

  11. Etymology: See romance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. romance

    Romance refers to a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love and affection between two people. It is often characterized by expressions of love, emotional intimacy, and various gestures that exhibit affection, such as gift-giving, candle-lit dinners, or shared adventures. In literature and film, romance refers to a genre that primarily focuses on the relationship and romantic love between two characters and may have an optimistic ending.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Romancenoun

    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. Romancenoun

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

  3. Romancenoun

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

  4. Romancenoun

    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. Romancenoun

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

  6. Romanceadjective

    of or pertaining to the language or dialects known as Romance

  7. Romanceverb

    to write or tell romances; to indulge in extravagant stories

  8. Etymology: [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

    A couple who have an intimate relationship and who exist as a united partnership together.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2016  

  2. romance

    To create an experience for a couple to share time together or share an activity that creates a sense or feeling that we choose to exist with kind, thoughtful, loving and understanding action and behavior.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Romance is ranked #78040 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Romance surname appeared 245 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Romance.

    87.3% or 214 total occurrences were White.
    8.1% or 20 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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

  2. Cremona

  3. nom race

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  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

Examples of romance in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Ashley:

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

  2. Fran Drescher:

    I’m just going to put trust in the universe, and I know that [romance] will happen when it’s meant to.

  3. Julius Henry Marx:

    Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.

  4. Mark Dietz:

    I reckon '19 is going to be pretty spot on, it's a part of why you go into it - it's not just the romance about picking grapes, you've got to fight against all these natural things that come.

  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

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

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