- Romantic is defined as something, such as an action or behavior, that is done to woo a significant other or to be a sign of love and/or affection.
An example of romantic is bringing your spouse flowers.
- Romantic means to having an idealized view of the world.
An example of a romantic view is when you always look at the world as if the glass is half full.
- The definition of a romantic is a person who often takes an idealized or old fashioned view towards love or who acts in a manner traditionally thought of as courting or wooing a significant other.
An example of a romantic is a person who watches a lot of old love stories on TV.
- of, having the nature of, characteristic of, or characterized by romance
- without a basis in fact; fanciful, fictitious, or fabulous
- not practical; visionary or quixotic: a romantic scheme
- full of or dominated by thoughts, feelings, and attitudes characteristic of or suitable for romance; passionate, adventurous, idealistic, etc.: a romantic youth
- of, characteristic of, or preoccupied with ardent, idealized lovemaking or courtship
- suited for romance or lovemaking: a romantic night
- [alsoR-] of or characteristic of Romanticism and the Romantic Movement
Origin of romanticFrench romantique from obsolete romant (see romaunt) + -ique, -ic
- a romantic person
- [oftenR-] an adherent of Romanticism, as in literature or music
- Having, showing, expressive of, or conducive to feelings of love or romance: met a romantic stranger; a café with a romantic atmosphere.
- a. Imaginative but impractical; visionary: romantic notions of turning downtown into a giant garden.b. Not based on fact; idealized or fictitious: His memoirs were criticized as a romantic view of the past.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of artistic romance: the romantic exploits of the young hero.
- often Romantic Of or characteristic of romanticism in the arts.
- A romantic person.
- often Romantic A follower or adherent of romanticism.
Origin of romanticFrench romantique from obsolete romant romance from Old French romans romant- romance ; see romance .
(comparative more romantic, superlative most romantic)
- (chiefly historical) 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. [from 17th c.]
- Fantastic, unrealistic (of an idea etc.); fanciful, sentimental, impractical (of a person). [from 17th c.]
- Mary sighed, knowing her ideals were far too romantic to work in reality.
- 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. [from 17th c.]
- Pertaining to an idealised form of love (originally, as might be felt by the heroes of a romance); conducive to romance; loving, affectionate. [from 18th c.]
- Their kiss started casually, but it slowly turned romantic.
- Alternative form of Romantic. [from 18th c.]
- A person with romantic character (a character like those of the knights in a mythic romance).
- A person who is behaving romantically (in a manner befitting someone who feels an idealized form of love).
- Oh, flowers! You're such a romantic.
From romaunt +"Ž -ic.