Word family noun romance romantic romanticism adjective romanticunromantic romanticized verb romance romanticize adverb romantically
From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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romancero‧mance1 /rəʊˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns $ roʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ-/ ●●○ noun 1 [countable]RELATIONSHIPLOVE an exciting and often short relationship between two people who love each otheraffairromance with Hemingway’s romance with his nurse inspired him to write ‘A Farewell to Arms’. Michelle married him after a whirlwind romance (=one that happens very suddenly and quickly).holiday romance British English, summer romance American English (=one that happens during a holiday) a short holiday romance2 [uncountable]LOVE love, or a feeling of being in love The romance had gone out of their relationship.3 [uncountable]EXCITED the feeling of excitement and adventure that is related to a particular place, activity etcromance of the romance of Hollywood4 [countable]AL a story about the love between two people romance novels5 [countable]AL a story that has brave characters and exciting events a Medieval romance
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romanceEvening is a good time for friendships and romance, but do not be too intense.Most married women surveyed said they were not victims of love at first sight and not moved to marriage by romance.The connection between ancient houses and mysteries of a shameful kind has its origin in Gothic romance.Some viewers objected to the interracial romance the show portrays.Invariably, romances form aboard the plane.My romance with Lois did not survive our high school graduation.In the other local superstores, people have only one thing on their minds, but it is not romance.When I heard the word goons, it became no longer a matter of romance but a war of wills.It was a beautiful summer romance, but they knew it couldn't last.As the romance proceeded, she became restless.The romance of the movies was to a significant degree an entrepreneurial romance.the romance of life in the Wild WestRichard and Penny had made no great secret of their romance, even though they were both married.summer romanceIt was just a summer romance.Isabelle Pech pursued Richard Burley to Britain after he suddenly broke off their summer romance and disappeared.
romanceromance2 verb 1 PERFECT[intransitive] to describe things that have happened in a way that makes them seem more important, interesting etc than they really wereromance about an old man romancing about the past2 [transitive] old-fashioned to try to persuade someone to love you→ See Verb table
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romanceThe experts seem to be romancing about figments of their imagination; he can see nothing that they are talking about.
Origin romance1 (1200-1300) Old French romans French, something written in French, from Latin romanicus Roman