Meaning of “sentimental” in the English Dictionary

"sentimental" in British English

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sentimentaladjective

uk /ˌsen.tɪˈmen.təl/ us /ˌsen.t̬əˈmen.t̬əl/

C2 A sentimental person is strongly influenced by emotional feelings, especially about happy memories of past events or relationships with other people, rather than by careful thought and judgment based on facts:

Why be sentimental about that old coat? There's no point in keeping it just because you were wearing it when you first met me.
It's a cheap ring but it has great sentimental value for me.

disapproving too strongly influenced by emotional feelings:

silly sentimental songs/stories
sentimentally
adverb uk /ˌsen.tɪˈmen.təl.i/ us /ˌsen.t̬əˈmen.t̬əl.i/

(Definition of “sentimental” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sentimental" in American English

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sentimentaladjective

us /ˌsen·təˈmen·təl/

related to feelings rather than reason:

When you ask which team will win, my sentimental favorite would have to be Philadelphia.

Sentimental also means expressing or causing gentle emotions:

He gets sentimental and starts crying when we talk about his mother.
sentimentally
adverb us /ˌsent·əˈment·əl·i/

Children get sentimentally attached to their pets.

(Definition of “sentimental” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)