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
Definition for romance (2 of 2)
Origin of romance2
Examples from the Web for romance
The girls ran in the same circle (Palmolive was also in the Flowers of Romance) and the group was looking for a guitarist.
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
Like all romance in The Twilight Zone, it ends well for neither party, but especially bad for the man.
The memoir also explores the romance between you and your late husband, Robert Graham, whom you speak very lovingly of.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We thought of "Our Romance" the first thing in the morning and talked of it the last thing at night.Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897|Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The primary interests of the romance, however, far outweighing its philosophy and its adventures, is love.Essays on the Greek Romances|Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
"Oh, auntie brought her romance with her," Tom broke in, and Lou gave him a look of tender reproof.The Starbucks|Opie Percival Read
These verities of history contain the interest of romance, and our children's children will read them with wonder and admiration.The Underground Railroad|William Still
Here is a romance, strong and appealing, one which will please all classes of readers.A Chain of Evidence|Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for romance (1 of 2)
noun (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns)
Word Origin for romance
British Dictionary definitions for romance (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for romance (1 of 3)
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.).
Word Origin and History for romance (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for romance (2 of 3)
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.).
Culture 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.