verb (used without object), ro·manced, ro·manc·ing.
verb (used with object), ro·manced, ro·manc·ing.
- 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.
Origin of romance1
Synonyms for romance
Origin of romance2
Related Words for romanceaffair, love, relationship, fling, fascination, enchantment, liaison, passion, attachment, flirtation, amour, courtship, intrigue, story, novel, fiction, tale, fantasy, lyric, idealization
Examples from the Web for romance
Contemporary Examples of romance
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
December 9, 2014
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’
November 28, 2014
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
November 26, 2014
Like all romance in The Twilight Zone, it ends well for neither party, but especially bad for the man.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
The romance eclipses as the couple rides those beautiful white steeds down a path lined by evergreens.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of romance
Seasickness takes away all the romance that poets have invested it with.Brave and Bold
I was full of romance and hope; now I've no romance, little hope, and some wrinkles.
But Mr. Thomson's contributions may fairly be said to have exhausted the "romance" of the road.De Libris: Prose and Verse
That was why Tillie's romance had only paraded itself before her and had gone by.
A year ago her half promise to Joe had gratified her sense of romance.
noun (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns)
Word Origin for romance
c.1300, "a story, written or recited, of the adventures of a knight, hero, etc.," often one designed principally for entertainment," from Old French romanz "verse narrative" (Modern French roman), originally an adverb, "in the vernacular language," from Vulgar Latin *romanice scribere "to write in a Romance language" (one developed from Latin instead of Frankish), from Latin Romanicus "of or in the Roman style," from Romanus "Roman" (see Roman).
The sense evolution is because medieval vernacular tales usually told chivalric adventures full of marvelous incidents and heroic deeds. In reference to literary works, often in Middle English meaning ones written in French but also applied to native compositions. Literary sense extended by 1660s to "a love story." Meaning "adventurous quality" first recorded 1801; that of "love affair" is from 1916. Romance novel attested from 1964. Cf. Romance (adj.).
late 14c., "recite a narrative," from Old French romancier "narrate in French; translate into French," from romanz (see romance (n.)). Later "invent fictitious stories" (1670s), then "be romantically enthusiastic" (1849); meaning "court as a lover" is from 1938, probably from romance (n.). Related: Romanced; romancing.
mid-14c., "French; in the vernacular language of France" (contrasted to Latin), from Old French romanz "French; vernacular," from Late Latin Romanice, from Latin Romanicus (see Roman). Extended 1610s to other modern tongues derived from Latin (Spanish, Italian, etc.); thus "pertaining to the languages which arose out of the Latin language of the provinces of Rome." Cf. romance (n.).
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.