Definition of “romance” - English Dictionary

“romance” in British English

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romancenoun

uk /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/ us /roʊˈmæns/ /ˈroʊ.mæns/

B1 [ C ] a close, usually short relationship 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 bad idea.

[ U ] the feelings and behaviour of two people who are in a loving and sexual relationship 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 particular experience or event:

He loves the romance of travelling on a steam train.

[ C ] a story about love:

a historical romance
She loves reading romances.

[ C ] a story of exciting events, especially one written or set in the past:

medieval romances

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romanceverb

uk /rəʊˈmæns/ /ˈrəʊ.mæns/ us /roʊˈmæns/ /ˈroʊ.mæns/

Romanceadjective [ before noun ]

uk /rəʊˈmæns/ us /roʊˈmæns/ specialized

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

“romance” in American English

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romancenoun [ C/U ]

us /roʊˈmæns, ˈroʊ·mæns/

a close relationship 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 old habit.

Romance is also a quality of excitement or mystery connected 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 containing exciting events or magic:

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