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.
- roman shade,
- roman snail,
- roman strike,
- roman à clef,
- romance languages,
Origin of romance1
Examples from the Web for romancer
Accurate biographies record narratives which no romancer's imagination could hope to rival.Honoré de Balzac|Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
From his earliest years he was a teller of stories, and had a high reputation among his boy friends as a romancer.Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860|Henrietta Christian Wright
Lovers of literature must always regret, however, that the great Hungarian romancer has been so prodigal of his rare gifts.Eyes Like the Sea|Mr Jkai
He was so much of a romancer that his own statements at the time, which were carefully collected by Howe, are contradictory.The Story of the Mormons|William Alexander Linn
With his temperament it was perhaps but natural that Dumas should have become a romancer.Dumas' Paris|Francis Miltoun
noun (rəˈmæns, ˈrəʊmæns)
Word Origin for romance
mid-14c., "chronicler writing in French," from Old French romanceour, from romanz (see romance (n.)). Later, "one inclined to romantic imagination" (the main sense 19c.); modern use for "seducer, wooer" of a romantic quality appears to be a new formation c.1967 from romance (v.).
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.).
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.
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.).
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.