AskDefine | Define romance

Dictionary Definition

Romance adj : relating to languages derived from Latin; "Romance languages" [syn: Latin]


1 a relationship between two lovers [syn: love affair]
2 an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure) [syn: romanticism]
3 the group of languages derived from Latin [syn: Romance language, Latinian language]
4 a story dealing with love [syn: love story]
5 a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life


1 make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn: woo, court, solicit]
2 have a love affair with
3 talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, philander, mash]
4 tell romantic or exaggerated lies; "This author romanced his trip to an exotic country"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹəʊˈmæns/


From romans, roumance < Old French romanz, romant < Vulgar Latin *romanice.


  1. An intimate relationship between two people; a love affair.
  2. A strong obsession or attachment for something or someone.
  3. Love which is pure or beautiful.
  4. A mysterious, exciting, or fascinating quality.
  5. A story or novel dealing with idealised love.
  6. An embellished account of something; an idealised lie.



Intimate relationship, love affair
Strong obsession or attachment
Pure love
Exciting quality
Story dealing with idealised love
Embellished account


  1. Woo; court.



  1. Romance


Extensive Definition

Romance or romantic may refer to:
romance in German: Romanze
romance in French: Romance
romance in Japanese: ロマン
romance in Norwegian Nynorsk: Romantikk
romance in Russian: Романс
romance in Slovak: Romantika
romance in Simple English: Romance
romance in Tagalog: Romansa

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Marchen, Western, Western story, Westerner, adulterous affair, adultery, adventure, adventure story, affair, allegorize, allegory, amor, amour, apologue, apparition, autism, autistic thinking, balderdash, bedtime story, brainchild, brown-nose, bubble, butter up, canard, capriccio, caprice, chimera, color, colorfulness, concoction, court, cuckoldry, dalliance, delirium, dereism, dereistic thinking, detective story, divertissement, dreamery, eidolon, entanglement, epic, eternal triangle, exaggeration, excitement, extravaganza, fable, fabliau, fabrication, fabulize, fairy tale, fancy, fantasia, fantasque, fantasy, fascination, fib, fiction, fictionalize, figment, flatter, flight of fancy, flirtation, folk story, folktale, forbidden love, forgery, gest, ghost story, glamor, hallucination, hanky-panky, horse opera, humoresque, ideal, idealism, ideality, idealization, idealize, idle fancy, idyll, illicit love, illusion, imagery, imagination, imaginative exercise, imaginativeness, imagining, impracticality, infidelity, insubstantial image, intrigue, invention, legend, liaison, love, love affair, love story, maggot, make-believe, medley, melodrama, mystery, mystery story, myth, mythicize, mythify, mythologize, mythology, mythos, narrate, narrative, nonsense, nostalgia, novel, novelize, nursery tale, pander to, parable, phantasm, phantom, play of fancy, potpourri, prevarication, quixotism, quixotize, quixotry, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, relationship, report, retell, rhapsodize, romantic tie, romanticism, romanticize, romanza, science fiction, sentiment, shocker, sick fancy, soft-soap, space fiction, space opera, storify, story, suspense story, tall story, tall tale, tell, tell a story, thick-coming fancies, thriller, triangle, trip, unfaithfulness, unfold a tale, unpracticalness, unrealism, unreality, utopianism, utopianize, vapor, vision, visionariness, whim, whimsy, white lie, whodunit, wildest dreams, wish fulfillment, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, woo, work of fiction
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