romance[rō mans′, rō′mans′]
- 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 verbromanced, romancing
- 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 Romance; from 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 rōmānicē, Vulgar Latin *rōmānicē (adv.) ‘in the Roman language’, from rōmānicus (adj.) ‘Roman’, from rōmānus ‘a Roman’.