- The definition of romance is a language which originated from Latin.
Examples of a romance language are Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian.
- The definition of a romance is a love affair, an idealized love story or a showing of love.
An example of romance is the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
- a long medieval narrative in verse or prose, orig. written in one of the Romance dialects, about the adventures of knights and other chivalric heroes
- a fictitious tale of wonderful and extraordinary events, characterized by a nonrealistic and idealizing use of the imagination
- a type of novel in which the emphasis is on love, adventure, etc.
- the type of literature comprising such stories
- excitement, love, and adventure of the kind found in such literature; romantic quality or spirit
- the tendency to derive great pleasure from romantic adventures; romantic sentiment
- an exaggeration or fabrication that has no real substance
- a love affair
- Music a short, lyrical, usually sentimental piece, suggesting a love song
Origin of romanceMiddle English from Old French romanz from romanz (escrire), (to write) in Roman (i.e., the vernacular, not Latin) from Vulgar Latin Romanice (scribere) from Classical Latin Romanicus, Roman
intransitive verb-·manced′, -·manc′ing
- to make up false or exaggerated stories
- to think or talk about romantic things
- Informal to make love; court; woo
- to make love to; woo
- to seek to gain the favor of, as by flattery; court
Origin of Romancefrom obsolete French (langue) romance, Romance language from Old French romanz: see romance
- a. A love affair: His romance with her lasted only a month.b. Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love: They kept the romance alive in their marriage for 35 years.c. A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something: a childhood romance with the sea.
- 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 )
- a. A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of the adventures and heroic exploits of chivalric heroes: an Arthurian romance.b. A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place.c. The class of literature constituted by such tales.
- a. An artistic work, such as a novel, story, or film, that deals with sexual love, especially in an idealized form.b. The class or style of such works.
- A fictitiously embellished account or explanation: We have been given speculation and romance instead of the facts.
- Music A lyrical, tender, usually sentimental song or short instrumental piece.
- Romance The Romance languages.
verbro·manced, ro·manc·ing, ro·manc·es
- a. To court, woo, or try to arouse the romantic interest of.b. To have a love affair with.
- To try to persuade, as with flattery or incentives: a candidate who romanced the party's delegates for votes.
Origin of romanceMiddle English from Old French romans romance, work written in French from Vulgar Latin rōmānicē (scrībere) (to write) in the vernacular from Latin Rōmānicus Roman from Rōmānus ; see Roman .
- An intimate relationship between two people; a love affair.
- A strong obsession or attachment for something or someone.
- Love which is pure or beautiful.
- A mysterious, exciting, or fascinating quality.
- A story or novel dealing with idealised love.
- An embellished account of something; an idealised lie.
- An adventure, or series of extraordinary events, resembling those narrated in romances.
- His life was a romance.
- A dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to ignore what is real.
- a girl full of romance
- (music) A romanza, or sentimental ballad.
(third-person singular simple present romances, present participle romancing, simple past and past participle romanced)
From Middle English romauns, roumance, from Anglo-Norman romanz, romant "˜in the vernacular' (vs. in Latin), from Medieval Latin rÅmÄnicÄ“, Vulgar Latin *rÅmÄnicÄ“ (adv.) "˜in the Roman language', from rÅmÄnicus (adj.) "˜Roman', from rÅmÄnus "˜a Roman'.
- The group of languages and cultures which are derived from Vulgar Latin.