- to court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness: He's currently romancing a very attractive widow.
- to court the favor of or make overtures to; play up to: They need to romance the local business community if they expect to do business here.
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Suddenly this generally sweet supporting romance took on a weirdly toxic dynamic.Every episode of Gilmore Girls, ranked|Constance Grady|October 6, 2020|Vox
The Lunchbox is a gentle romance between two people who communicate through food.10 delicious food movies|Alissa Wilkinson|September 25, 2020|Vox
There are new novels waiting for you in October, mysteries for cold, dark nights, and romances to put you in the mood.Books galore, from Tom of Finland to Megan Rapinoe|Terri Schlichenmeyer|September 19, 2020|Washington Blade
While it may have some romance, it’s not intriguing to your average millennial, who is poised to be the next generation of donors for hundreds of nonprofits.How nonprofits are catering to millennials and rethinking the charity gala for younger generations|Rachel King|September 7, 2020|Fortune
When it comes to romance, many people like to think they have a “type,” and they know what it is.Your Romantic Ideals Don’t Predict Who Your Future Partner Will Be - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Alice Fleerackers|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three weeks ago 24-year-old Zoe Sugg published her first novel, Girl Online, a YA romance.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling|Lucy Scholes|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The girls ran in the same circle (Palmolive was also in the Flowers of Romance) and the group was looking for a guitarist.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks|Justin Jones|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is where the sporadic and hectic handling of the romance in the movies fails.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was fun to not write people as people, but missiles and machines as people—with feelings, and arguments, and romance.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A simple errand and promenade,--and yet she felt herself to be steeped in the romance of an adventure!Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
The brilliant imaginative mind has woven it into romance, making its colors brighter still with the sunlight of inspired phantasy.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
The story of the romance of their lives, being widely rumored, greatly enhanced the interest with which they were welcomed.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
A sort of animal romance was stirred within her, and she began to feel strongly excited.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
He was one of the most daring, brave and intrepid officers of the army, and his adventures almost border on romance.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for romance (1 of 2)
Derived forms of romanceromancer, noun
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Cultural definitions for romance
In traditional literary terms, a narration of the extraordinary exploits of heroes, often in exotic or mysterious settings. Most of the stories of King Arthur (see also Arthur) and his knights are romances.
The term romance has also been used for stories of mysterious adventures, not necessarily of heroes. Like the heroic kind of romance, however, these adventure romances usually are set in distant places. William Shakespeare's play The Tempest is this kind of romance.
Today, a novel concerned mainly with love is often called a romance. Romances are frequently published in paperback series.