romantic :


If you are studying the arts, it’s important to know that the word “romantic” is used in such contexts to mean much more than “having to do with romantic love.” It originated in the Middle Ages to label sensational narratives written in romance languages—rather than Latin—depicting events like the fall of King Arthur’s Round Table (in French, novels are still called romans whether they depict love affairs or not). In literature and art it often refers to materials that are horrifying, exotic, enthralling, or otherwise emotionally stimulating to an extreme degree. A romantic art song is as likely to beabout death as about love.

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  • n  a soulful or amorous idealist
  • n  an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism
  • a  belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts
    romantic poetry
  • s  expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
    a romantic adventure
    a romantic moonlight ride
  • s  not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
    a romantic disregard for money
News & Articles

  • Cuyahoga Valley: A spiritual retreat
    There's romance in our National Parks, and not just the human kind. A self-described hopeless romantic, park ranger Margaret Adams likes to lead the full moon night hikes at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.
    June 13, 2013 - CNN
  • A Kim/Kanye retrospective
    The world has been exposed to the romantic escapades of eccentric rapper Kanye West and tabloid darling/reality star Kim Kardashian, willingly or not, since they made their relationship public in April 2012.
    June 12, 2013 - CNN
  • It Turns Out That Getting Married At IKEA Can Be Romantic
    When we hear IKEA, we think of horse meatballs , monkeys , and that hilarious Louie episode —but we don't normally associate the Swedish domesticity warehouse with romance. Not so for Shirley and Berkely Smith, who originally met at an IKEA in New Jersey over seven years ago. The two tied the knot this past weekend, and they did so at the most romantic place they could think of: IKEA. [ more › ]
    June 12, 2013 - Gothamist