Meaning of romantic in English:



  • 1Conducive to or characterized by the expression of love.

    ‘a romantic candlelit dinner’
    • ‘On our last evening in Maui, Daniel had prepared a very romantic, candlelit dinner on the shore.’
    • ‘A beautiful woman, home alone, begins to set the dinner table for a romantic meal: candles, roses, a bottle of champagne.’
    • ‘With white lights twinkling around the street-facing windows, a single red rose on our table and the candle lamp glowing between us, our fondue dinner felt almost romantic.’
    • ‘Dining on the results by candlelight, drawn even closer together by adversity - one of the most romantic dinners we'd ever had.’
    • ‘Should you go for the same old dozen red roses, a box of chocolates and dinner out in a romantic eatery?’
    • ‘Idea of a romantic evening: I love nice, quiet dinners either at home or where there is a beautiful view of a mountainside, beach or even the city skyline.’
    • ‘But it isn't really flowers and candlelight and love songs that are romantic.’
    • ‘Oh how I would love to be able to take her on a romantic walk in the park, or for a candlelit dinner.’
    • ‘She rifled through her lover's credit-card receipts and found charges for bouquets of flowers and dinners at romantic restaurants.’
    • ‘She was absolutely delighted, but at the same time puzzled, that he asked her to dinner on such a romantic night.’
    • ‘Yet when they feel like it, they make sure they get one of the few two-person tables at dinner for a romantic meal.’
    amorous, intimate, passionate
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    1. 1.1(of a person) readily demonstrating feelings of love.
      ‘he's very handsome, and so romantic’
      • ‘One sip and you know why romantic women fall in love with dark, pensive strangers.’
      • ‘He gave the impression of being a romantic rebel rather than a person of prime ministerial stature.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, James and Sylvia's connection counts as a love story, running as deep as any other romantic couple's, only in a different direction.’
      • ‘He struck me as a sincere and romantic person that hadn't had the chance to find love and instead had enjoyed the attention the women had lavished on him.’
      • ‘Really - because she's elegant and she's romantic and sophisticated and polished, and she loves fashion.’
      • ‘Oh god, I was turning into another romantic git.’
      • ‘He was an old romantic fool at heart, that one, and he believed in marriage as a legally binding and not even entirely necessary act between soul mates.’
      • ‘Mum used to say he was a very romantic person, but he may not have been in the family long, because he wasn't much of a fatherly person.’
      • ‘It's just I would like to be a really romantic guy and if I'm going to devote myself to a girl, then I'm going to devote myself completely.’
      amorous, intimate, passionate
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    2. 1.2Relating to love or to sexual relationships.
      ‘after their romantic relationship ended they became great friends’
      ‘her romantic adventures’
      ‘romantic fiction’
      • ‘I was a basketball player, not a stupid girl with romantic attachments.’
      • ‘In the course of their investigation, Berlin begins to develop a romantic attachment to Helena.’
      • ‘She struck up a romantic relationship with a young Italian man living in the apartment below and made friends easily.’
      • ‘But why is this behaviour acceptable in friendships but not romantic relationships?’
      • ‘Thus began an on-again, off-again romantic relationship that culminated in their marriage on January 17, 1985.’
      • ‘She never married and seems to have avoided romantic entanglements.’
      • ‘Romantic complications arise when Erica is also pursued by Harry's charming 30-something doctor.’
      • ‘He wouldn't have wanted people to know about his lovers, about his romantic life.’
      • ‘Do you work in a laid-back office where people wouldn't really care about what you do with your romantic life?’
      • ‘His social diary was crammed but on the romantic front he was making no headway at all.’
      • ‘She has repeatedly denied any romantic relationship with her former boss.’
      • ‘A young sea captain's future is transformed as he encounters mutiny, adventure and a beautiful fugitive in this romantic thriller set during an epic voyage to Shanghai.’
      sexual, intimate, erotic, amorous, amatory, sensual, carnal, ardent
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  • 2Of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality.

    ‘a romantic attitude to the past’
    ‘some romantic dream of country peace’
    • ‘As an historian - certainly as a woman - she had not the slightest romantic illusions about the realities of human life during the long childhood of the species.’
    • ‘When she turns to poetry for children, there is a strain of romantic idealism as she suggests the beauty of uncrowded nature.’
    • ‘But I'm struck by what seems to be a romantic view of the designer as the one who does the typography - as opposed to the one who has the idea.’
    • ‘I concluded that many historians and political scientists have an overly simple and romantic view of the political process.’
    • ‘When you view something in a romantic way, you're not really taking in the whole picture.’
    • ‘Some seek to resurrect old systems of local government that may have had some utility in the past - in reality or in romantic imagination.’
    • ‘As in the other group portraits of children discussed above, the romantic view of childhood is a major theme of the latter work.’
    • ‘Nothing will bring a romantic dreamer down to reality faster than the bug, and every biting insect seems to visit us in turn.’
    • ‘I appreciate your romantic view of things, but can you address the issues in the article?’
    • ‘The sly hint is that this belongs - like so many 1960s attitudes - back in the romantic 1840s of an idealistic, bygone century.’
    • ‘In contrast to liberty, equality is an almost intangible romantic dream, to be realized sometime in the future.’
    • ‘These and other documentaries take the shape of his romantic worldview: idealised individuals try to overcome something or make order from chaos.’
    • ‘Young clerks and farmers believed the romantic dream of the self-made man and refashioned themselves as rugged individualists armed and equipped for a fresh start in the frontier west.’
    • ‘At the same time, he has no romantic illusions about mobsters.’
    • ‘This is not only a romantic attitude, it is also a faith that good work will be responded to and rewarded somehow.’
    • ‘‘So good to see that your romantic idealism hasn't faded,’ Noelle murmured.’
    idyllic, picturesque, fairy-tale
    idealistic, idealized, unrealistic, head-in-the-clouds, out of touch with reality
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  • 3

    (also Romantic)
    Relating to or denoting the artistic and literary movement of romanticism.

    ‘the romantic tradition’
    • ‘Perhaps more than any other Romantic composer, Berlioz found inspiration for his music in literature.’
    • ‘Beethoven delighted Rousseau's Romantic admirers with his demonstration of the moral force expressible in music.’
    • ‘He preferred to start again, with the result that he produced one of the finest concerti of the Romantic era.’
    • ‘This survey of British Romantic poet and painter William Blake includes more than 200 works.’
    • ‘Scribe must also be seen in terms of the wider Romantic movement.’
    • ‘One of the beacons of the Romantic reform movement, Hugo was among the most fervent partisans of English drama during the Restoration period in France.’
    • ‘Her colours, particularly in Romantic and French Impressionistic repertoire, were quite scintillating.’
    • ‘In addition to these critical omissions, most major Italian Romantic texts barely circulate outside of Italy.’
    • ‘It has become in my mind the archetypal Romantic piano concerto.’
    • ‘Under the influence of what is conventionally called the Romantic movement, a new interest in history and the arts of the past took shape.’
    • ‘Today's collectors are drawn to both period and contemporary fantasy paintings, drawings and prints in this Romantic mode.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that Frost, well grounded in Romantic tradition, would blend seriousness and play in the epiphanic quest.’


  • 1A person with romantic beliefs or attitudes.

    ‘I am an incurable romantic’
    • ‘True romantics have the right attitude; and use imagination to cultivate loving, sensual relationships.’
    • ‘‘We were considered the clowns, the dreamers, the romantics,’ he adds.’
    • ‘This is a beautiful record for hopeless romantics and dreamers - don't let the cynics tell you otherwise.’
    • ‘And so we both call ourselves hopeless romantics and decided that that would be a perfect title for this album.’
    • ‘The desert has inspired romantics for centuries and a dinner at sundown with the gentle breezes of the open desert, with just the stars and the setting sun for company is an experience.’
    • ‘But who are the romantics out there who believe true love can survive in the face of the new social construct of independence?’
    • ‘The realist - the cynic, if you will - knows that they're more likely to break your heart than transform your life - and that romantics are only destined to be forever disappointed.’
    • ‘‘Despite society's best efforts - or perhaps because of them - most teenagers are romantics at heart,’ Anne replied calmly.’
    • ‘I'm trying to say that I didn't mean anything by saying girls are helpless romantics but it is true, mind you.’
    idealist, sentimentalist, romanticist
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  • 2

    (also Romantic)
    A writer or artist of the romantic movement.

    ‘Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the later romantics’
    • ‘Using the language of the Romantics or the Victorian poets, as so many Indo-English poets have done and still do, is disastrous.’
    • ‘The English Romantics - Samuel Coleridge in particular - imported many of these new German ideas to Britain.’
    • ‘Writers like the Romantics, who found mystery in the commonplace and saw the universal in each individual's experience, remind us to hope.’
    • ‘This is the literary culture within which the Romantics assume their dominant position in literary history.’
    • ‘They prepared the way for the Romantics to take up poetry as prophecy, the poet as prophet.’
    • ‘Collins says that the Romantics taught us to look for and to believe in the poet behind the words.’
    • ‘The love of irony, of contradiction and the strange, founds and haunts modern literature, beginning with the German Romantics.’
    • ‘Not necessarily, for ever since the time of the Romantics, some have argued that the realm of the spirit belongs not to God but to the individual imagination.’
    • ‘Artists in both movements were social realists, with the Romantics known for recovering older forms and the Victorians known for highly elaborate language.’
    • ‘By contrast, the French Romantics were fascinated by the figure of the obsessed alchemist.’
    • ‘But Romantics, and modernists after them, needed to believe that genius in its own time is always neglected, misunderstood, etc.’
    • ‘The mixing of different art forms was held in high esteem by the Romantics, who coined the term synaesthesia for such combinations.’
    • ‘The Romantics turned self-destruction into a literary convention, further weakening the stigma attached to the act.’


Mid 17th century (referring to the characteristics of romance in a narrative): from archaic romaunt ‘tale of chivalry’, from an Old French variant of romanz (see romance).