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Origin of romance

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First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English romaunce, romanz, romanys, from Old French romanz, romans 鈥渟tory, narrative, history in the vernacular (French) language; a Romance language,鈥 from assumed Vulgar Latin R艒m膩nic膿 (scr墨bere) (adverb) 鈥(to write) in the vernacular, in a Romance language鈥 (i.e., as opposed to Latin), derivative of Latin R艒m膩nicus 鈥渋n the Roman style or pattern鈥; see Romanic

OTHER WORDS FROM romance

ro路manc路er, noun

Other definitions for romance (2 of 2)

romance2
[ roh-mans ]
/ ro蕣藞m忙ns /

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

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1595鈥1605; <French <Spanish: kind of poem, ballad <Old French romanzromance1
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How to use romance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for romance (1 of 2)

romance

noun (r蓹藞m忙ns, 藞r蓹蕣m忙ns)
verb (r蓹藞m忙ns)

Derived forms of romance

romancer, noun

Word Origin for romance

C13: romauns, from Old French romans, ultimately from Latin R艒m膩nicus Roman

British Dictionary definitions for romance (2 of 2)

Romance
/ (r蓹藞m忙ns, 藞r蓹蕣m忙ns) /

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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Cultural definitions for romance

romance

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