What Do Romance Languages Have to Do with the Type of Romance Between Lovers?The word romance can refer to an enchanting quality that makes a heart beat faster, but in linguistics, Romance languages are the Indo-European languages descending from Latin, such as French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Why is one word used for both? The link arises from a type of story. Romanz is the Old French term for “verse narrative.” In the 14th century, a romanz was …
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Origin of Romance languages
First recorded in 1770–80
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