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Romeo and Juliet

  1. a tragedy (produced between 1591 and 1596) by Shakespeare.
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romeo and juliet in Culture

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.

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