romance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “romance” in the English Dictionary

"romance" in British English

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uk   /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/  us   /roʊˈmæns/
B1 [C] a ​close, usually ​shortrelationship of ​love between two ​people: They got ​married last ​year after a whirlwind (= very ​short and ​unexpected) romance. It was just a holiday romance. Office romances are usually a ​badidea. [U] the ​feelings and ​behaviour of two ​people who are in a ​loving and ​sexualrelationship with each other: I ​felt as though all the romance had gone out of my ​marriage. [U] the ​feeling of ​excitement or ​mystery that you have from a ​particularexperience or ​event: He ​loves the romance oftravelling on a ​steamtrain. [C] a ​story about ​love: a ​historical romance She ​lovesreading romances. [C] a ​story of ​excitingevents, ​especially one written or set in the past: medieval romances
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uk   /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/  us   /roʊˈmæns/
[I] to ​tellstories that are not ​true, or to ​describe an ​event in a way that makes it ​soundbetter than it was [T] old-fashioned to ​try to ​persuade someone to ​love you

Romanceadjective [before noun]

uk   /rəʊˈmæns/  us   /roʊ-/ specialized
(of a ​language) ​developed from ​Latin: French, ​Italian, and ​Spanish are all Romance ​languages.
(Definition of romance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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romancenoun [C/U]

 us   /roʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ·mæns/
a ​closerelationship between two ​people who are in ​love with each other: [C] Their three-year romance never went ​smoothly. Romance is also the ​feeling of ​comfort and ​pleasure you ​experience in a ​relationship with someone you ​love: [U] Without romance, ​marriage is a lot like an ​oldhabit. Romance is also a ​quality of ​excitement or ​mysteryconnected with an ​experience or ​place: [U] He ​loves the romance of ​traveling by ​train. literature A romance is a ​story of ​love between two ​people, often ​containingexcitingevents or ​magic: [C] He is the ​successfulauthor of ​rollickinghistorical romances.
(Definition of romance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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