Romeo and Juliet

  1. a tragedy (produced between 1591 and 1596) by Shakespeare.

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Cultural definitions for Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A tragedy by William Shakespeare about two “star-crossed lovers” (see also star-crossed lovers) whose passionate love for each other ends in death because of the senseless feud between their families. The line “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” is well known.

Notes for Romeo and Juliet

Figuratively, a “Romeo” is an amorous young man.

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