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Origin of romance

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English romaunce, romanz, romanys, from Old French romanz, romans “story, narrative, history in the vernacular (French) language; a Romance language,” from assumed Vulgar Latin Rōmānicē (scrībere) (adverb) “(to write) in the vernacular, in a Romance language” (i.e., as opposed to Latin), derivative of Latin Rōmānicus “in the Roman style or pattern”;see 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

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1595–1605; <French <Spanish: kind of poem, ballad <Old French romanzromance1
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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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Cultural definitions for romance

romance

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