Definition of romance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rəʊˈmæns//
    , BrE//ˈrəʊmæns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmæns//
    Types of story, Romance, Love
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  1. 1[countable] an exciting, usually short, relationship between two people who are in love with each other a holiday romance They had a whirlwind romance.
  2. 2[uncountable] love or the feeling of being in love Spring is here and romance is in the air. How can you put the romance back into your marriage? CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) See related entries: Romance, Love
  3. 3[uncountable] a feeling of excitement and adventure, especially connected to a particular place or activity the romance of travel
  4. 4 [countable] a story about a love affair She's a compulsive reader of romances.
  5. 5 [countable] a story of excitement and adventure, often set in the past medieval romances See related entries: Types of story
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Romance, originally denoting a composition in the vernacular as opposed to works in Latin. Early use denoted vernacular verse on the theme of chivalry; the sense ‘genre centred on romantic love’ dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Everyone knows that online romances never work out. Have you ever had an office romance? He was still recovering from a failed romance. It ruined their perfect fairy-tale romance. Most of her songs are about love and romance. People find romance in strange places. They had a brief romance in the eighties. They married after a whirlwind romance. We’re seeing more interracial romances in the movies. the budding romance between Richard and Elise the true story of a real-life romance a summer romance
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: romance