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Definition of "romance" []

  • A love affair. (noun)
  • Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love: They kept the romance alive in their marriage for 35 years. (noun)
  • A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something: a childhood romance with the sea. (noun)
  • A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful: "These fine old guns often have a romance clinging to them” ( Richard Jeffries). (noun)
  • A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of the adventures and heroic exploits of chivalric heroes: an Arthurian romance. (noun)
  • A love affair, esp an intense and happy but short-lived affair involving young people (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Love, esp romantic love idealized for its purity or beauty (noun)
  • A spirit of or inclination for adventure, excitement, or mystery (noun)
  • A mysterious, exciting, sentimental, or nostalgic quality, esp one associated with a place (noun)
  • A narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes (noun)
  • Any similar narrative work dealing with events and characters remote from ordinary life (noun)
  • The literary genre represented by works of these kinds (noun)
  • (in Spanish literature) a short narrative poem, usually an epic or historical ballad (noun)
  • A story, novel, film, etc, dealing with love, usually in an idealized or sentimental way (noun)
  • An extravagant, absurd, or fantastic account or explanation (noun)
  • A lyrical song or short instrumental composition having a simple melody (noun)
  • To tell, invent, or write extravagant or romantic fictions (verb)
  • To tell extravagant or improbable lies (verb)
  • To have romantic thoughts (verb)
  • (of a couple) to indulge in romantic behaviour (verb)
  • To be romantically involved with (verb)

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Use "romance" in a sentence
  • "WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_"
  • "And it is the apprehension of this contempt that hath made us so cautiously avoid the term romance, a name with which we might otherwise have been well enough contented."
  • "The term romance has also been used for stories of mysterious adventures, not necessarily of heroes."