Nearby words

  1. roman shade,
  2. roman snail,
  3. roman strike,
  4. roman à clef,
  5. roman-fleuve,
  6. romance languages,
  7. romancer,
  8. romanes,
  9. romanesque,
  10. romani

Origin of romance

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

Related formsro·manc·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for romancer

British Dictionary definitions for romancer


noun (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns)

a love affair, esp an intense and happy but short-lived affair involving young people
love, esp romantic love idealized for its purity or beauty
a spirit of or inclination for adventure, excitement, or mystery
a mysterious, exciting, sentimental, or nostalgic quality, esp one associated with a place
a narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes
any similar narrative work dealing with events and characters remote from ordinary life
the literary genre represented by works of these kinds
(in Spanish literature) a short narrative poem, usually an epic or historical ballad
a story, novel, film, etc, dealing with love, usually in an idealized or sentimental way
an extravagant, absurd, or fantastic account or explanation
a lyrical song or short instrumental composition having a simple melody

verb (rəˈmæns)

(intr) to tell, invent, or write extravagant or romantic fictions
(intr) to tell extravagant or improbable lies
(intr) to have romantic thoughts
(intr) (of a couple) to indulge in romantic behaviour
(tr) to be romantically involved with
Derived Formsromancer, noun

Word Origin for romance

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



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


this group of languages; the living languages that belong to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family
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Word Origin and History for romancer
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for romancer


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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