Origin of romance

1
1250–1300; Middle English romaunce Romanic language, composition in such a language < Old French, derivative of romanz, romans (adj.) Romanic < Vulgar Latin *Rōmānicē (adv.) in a Romance language, derivative of Latin Rōmānicus Romanic

OTHER WORDS FROM romance

ro·manc·er, noun

Definition for romance (2 of 2)

romance2
[ roh-mans ]
/ roʊˈmæns /

noun

Music. a short, simple melody, vocal or instrumental, of tender character.
Spanish Literature. a short epic poem, especially a historical ballad.

Origin of romance

2
1595–1605; < French < Spanish: kind of poem, ballad < Old French romanz romance1
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British Dictionary definitions for romance (1 of 2)

romance

noun (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns)

verb (rəˈmæns)

Derived forms of romance

romancer, noun

Word Origin for romance

C13: romauns, from Old French romans, ultimately from Latin Rōmānicus Roman

British Dictionary definitions for romance (2 of 2)

Romance
/ (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns) /

adjective

denoting, relating to, or belonging to the languages derived from Latin, including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Romanian
denoting a word borrowed from a Romance languagethere are many Romance words in English

noun

this group of languages; the living languages that belong to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family
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Culture definitions for romance

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.

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