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Definition of Romance


  1. A species of fictitious writing, originally composed in meter in the Romance dialects, and afterward in prose, such as the tales of the court of Arthur, and of Amadis of Gaul; hence, any fictitious and wonderful tale; a sort of novel, especially one which treats of surprising adventures usually befalling a hero or a heroine; a tale of extravagant adventures, of love, and the like.
  2. An adventure, or series of extraordinary events, resembling those narrated in romances; as, his courtship, or his life, was a romance.
  3. A dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to ignore what is real; as, a girl full of romance.
  4. The languages, or rather the several dialects, which were originally forms of popular or vulgar Latin, and have now developed into Italian. Spanish, French, etc. (called the Romanic languages).
  5. A short lyric tale set to music; a song or short instrumental piece in ballad style; a romanza.
  6. Of or pertaining to the language or dialects known as Romance.
  7. To write or tell romances; to indulge in extravagant stories.

Romance Quotations

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Oscar Wilde

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Oscar Wilde

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
Oscar Wilde

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
Oscar Wilde
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Romance Translations

romance in Dutch is Romaans
romance in Dutch is romance
romance in Finnish is romanssi
romance in German is Romanze
romance in Spanish is romance
romance in Swedish is romantik, romantisk

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