romance

Romance is the relationship between two lovers. Is there a romance blossoming between you and your lab partner, or is the assignment so hard you have to work together constantly?

Romance comes from Roman, and first meant a story translated into French from Latin (the common language of old Rome), usually about the amorous adventures of chivalrous knights, which is how romances came to be associated with love stories. Now it's used to mean a love relationship, in a story or not. The Romance languages are those derived from Latin. If you romance a tale, you exaggerate it, and if you romance a person, you're making advances.

Primary Meanings of romance

1.
nv
a relationship between two lovers
make amorous advances towards
2.
nv
a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life
tell romantic or exaggerated lies
Full Definitions of romance
1

n a relationship between two lovers

Synonyms:
love affair
Types:
intrigue
a clandestine love affair
Type of:
relationship
a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)

n a story dealing with love

Synonyms:
love story
Type of:
story
a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

v make amorous advances towards

Synonyms:
court, solicit, woo
Types:
chase, chase after
pursue someone sexually or romantically
display
attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Synonyms:
butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander
Types:
wanton
engage in amorous play
vamp
act seductively with (someone)
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

v have a love affair with

Type of:
love
be enamored or in love with
2

n a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life

Types:
Gothic romance
a romance that deals with desolate and mysterious and grotesque events
bodice ripper
a romantic novel containing scenes in which the heroine is sexually violated
Type of:
novel
an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

n an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

Synonyms:
romanticism
Types:
stardust
a dreamy romantic or sentimental quality
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

v tell romantic or exaggerated lies

“This author romanced his trip to an exotic country”
Type of:
lie
tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive

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