see also: Romantic
  • (British) IPA: /ɹəʊˈmæntɪk/, /ɹə-/
  • (GA) enPR: rō-mănʹ(t)ĭk, IPA: /ɹoʊˈmæn(t)ɪk/, [ɹoʊˈmæntɪk], [ɹə-], [-mæɾ̃ɪk], [-meə̯ntɪk], [-meə̯ɾ̃ɪk]


  1. (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.]
  2. (obsolete) Fictitious, imaginary. [17th-20th c.]
  3. Fantastic, unrealistic (of an idea etc.); fanciful, sentimental, impractical (of a person). [from 17th c.]
    • 1993 May 16, "Return to New York" Jeeves and Wooster, Series 3, Episode 6:
      R. Jeeves: In my experience, ladies who spell Gladys with a W are seldom noted for their reliability, sir. It gives them romantic notions.
      B.W. Wooster: With a W, Jeeves? No, no, no, no. You spell it with a G.
      R. Jeeves: If I might draw your attention to the signature on the portrait, sir.
      B.W. Wooster: Good Lord! G-W?
      R. Jeeves: I blame Alfred Lord Tennyson and his Idylls of the King. It also accounts for Kathryn, Ysabel, and Ethyl, all spelt with a Y, but Gwladys is a particularly virulent form, sir.
    Mary sighed, knowing her ideals were far too romantic to work in reality.
  4. 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.]
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 1, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape in all the valley of the Saco.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Somehow she wasn't a real sister, but that only made her the more romantic.
  5. 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.]
    Synonyms: lovesome
    Antonyms: platonic, queerplatonic, nonsexual
    Their kiss started casually, but it slowly turned romantic.
  6. Alternative form of Romantic [from 18th c.]
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romantic (plural romantics)

  1. A person with romantic character (a character like those of the knights in a mythic romance).
  2. 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.
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  1. Of or pertaining to Romance.
  2. Of or pertaining to Romanticism.
  3. (informal, linguistics) Synonym of Romance#English|Romance

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