1. Having, showing, expressive of, or conducive to feelings of love or romance: met a romantic stranger; a café with a romantic atmosphere.
a. Imaginative but impractical; visionary: romantic notions of turning downtown into a giant garden.
b. Not based on fact; idealized or fictitious: His memoirs were criticized as a romantic view of the past.
3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of artistic romance: the romantic exploits of the young hero.
4. often Romantic Of or characteristic of romanticism in the arts.
1. A romantic person.
2. often Romantic A follower or adherent of romanticism.
[French romantique, from obsolete romant, romance, from Old French romans, romant-, romance; see ROMANCE.]
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