Literaturea novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
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.
a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.
a romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.
romantic character or quality.
a romantic affair or experience; a love affair.
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.
to invent or relate romances; indulge in fanciful or extravagant stories or daydreams.
to think or talk romantically.
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.
Language Varieties(cap.) Also, Romanic. of, pertaining to, or noting Romance:a Romance language.
Vulgar Latin *Rōmānicē (adverb, adverbial) in a Romance language, derivative of Latin RōmānicusRomanic
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 pronunciationn.
Music and Dancea short, simple melody, vocal or instrumental, of tender character.
Literature[Sp. Lit.]a short epic poem, esp. a historical ballad.