WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ro•mance1 /n., adj. roʊˈmæns, ˈroʊmæns; v. roʊˈmæns/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -manced, -manc•ing, adj. 
  1. Literature[countable] a piece of writing telling of heroic or marvelous deeds, great ceremonies, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
  2. [countable] a made-up story, full of exaggeration.
  3. a romantic spirit, feeling, or quality:[uncountable]no romance in their marriage anymore.
  4. [countable] a love affair.

v. [+ object]
  1. Informal Termsto try to have an affair with:She thinks he is romancing their neighbor's wife.

  1. Language Varieties[Romance] of or relating to the group of languages descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian.
ro•manc•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ro•mance1  (n., adj. rō mans, rōmans;v. rō mans),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -manced, -manc•ing, adj. 
  1. Literaturea novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
  2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
  3. Literaturea medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.
  4. a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.
  5. a romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.
  6. romantic character or quality.
  7. a romantic affair or experience;
    a love affair.
  8. Language Varieties(cap.) Also,  Romanic. Also called  Romance languages. the group of Italic Indo-European languages descended sincea.d.800 from Latin, as French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Rumanian, Provençal, Catalan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Sardinian, and Ladino. Abbr.: Rom.

  1. to invent or relate romances;
    indulge in fanciful or extravagant stories or daydreams.
  2. to think or talk romantically.

  1. Informal Terms
    • 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.

  1. Language Varieties(cap.) Also,  Romanic. of, pertaining to, or noting Romance:a Romance language.
ro•mancer, n. 
  • Vulgar Latin *Rōmānicē (adverb, adverbial) in a Romance language, derivative of Latin Rōmānicus Romanic
  • Old French, derivative of romanz, romans (adjective, adjectival) Romanic
  • Middle English romaunce Romanic language, composition in such a language 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged story, fiction.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged falsehood, fable.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged allure, fascination, exoticism.

ro•mance2  (rō mans),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Music and Dancea short, simple melody, vocal or instrumental, of tender character.
  2. Literature[Sp. Lit.]a short epic poem, esp. a historical ballad.
  • Old French romanz romance1
  • Spanish: kind of poem, ballad
  • French
  • 1595–1605

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

romance n /rəˈmæns; ˈrəʊmæns/
  1. a love affair, esp an intense and happy but short-lived affair involving young people
  2. love, esp romantic love idealized for its purity or beauty
  3. a spirit of or inclination for adventure, excitement, or mystery
  4. a mysterious, exciting, sentimental, or nostalgic quality, esp one associated with a place
  5. a narrative in verse or prose, written in a vernacular language in the Middle Ages, dealing with strange and exciting adventures of chivalrous heroes
  6. any similar narrative work dealing with events and characters remote from ordinary life
  7. a story, novel, film, etc, dealing with love, usually in an idealized or sentimental way
  8. an extravagant, absurd, or fantastic account or explanation
  9. a lyrical song or short instrumental composition having a simple melody
vb /rəˈmæns/
  1. (intransitive) to tell, invent, or write extravagant or romantic fictions
  2. (intransitive) to tell extravagant or improbable lies
  3. (intransitive) to have romantic thoughts
  4. (intransitive) (of a couple) to indulge in romantic behaviour
  5. (transitive) to be romantically involved with
Etymology: 13th Century: romauns, from Old French romans, ultimately from Latin Rōmānicus Roman

roˈmancer n

Romance /rəˈmæns; ˈrəʊmæns/ adj
  1. denoting, relating to, or belonging to the languages derived from Latin, including Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Romanian
  2. denoting a word borrowed from a Romance language
  1. this group of languages; the living languages that belong to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family

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