[ sen-tuh-men-tl ]
/ ˌsɛn təˈmɛn tl /


expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.

Nearby words

  1. senti,
  2. sentience,
  3. sentient,
  4. sentiently,
  5. sentiment,
  6. sentimental value,
  7. sentimentalism,
  8. sentimentalist,
  9. sentimentality,
  10. sentimentalize

Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for sentimental


/ (ˌsɛntɪˈmɛntəl) /


tending to indulge the emotions excessively
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
relating to or characterized by sentiment
Derived Formssentimentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for sentimental



1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice" had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.

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