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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ro*mance"
  1. A species of fictitious writing, originally composed in meter in the Romance dialects, and afterward in prose, such as the tales of the court of Arthur, and of Amadis of Gaul; hence, any fictitious and wonderful tale; a sort of novel, especially one which treats of surprising adventures usually befalling a hero or a heroine; a tale of extravagant adventures, of love, and the like." Romancesthat been royal." [Chaucer.]"Upon these three columns -- chivalry, gallantry, and religion -- repose the fictions of the Middle Ages, especially those known as romances. These, such as we now know them, and such as display the characteristics above mentioned, were originally metrical, and chiefly written by nations of the north of France." [Hallam.]
  2. An adventure, or series of extraordinary events, resembling those narrated in romances; as, his courtship, or his life, was a romance .
  3. A dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to ignore what is real; as, a girl full of romance .
  4. The languages, or rather the several dialects, which were originally forms of popular or vulgar Latin, and have now developed into Italian. Spanish, French, etc. (called the Romanic languages).
  5. [Mus] A short lyric tale set to music; a song or short instrumental piece in ballad style; a romanza.
  6. a love affair, esp. one in which the lovers display their deep affection openly, by romantic gestures.
    synonyms: Fable; novel; fiction; tale.

Etymology: OE. romance romant romaunt, OF. romanz romans romant roman, F. roman romance, fr. LL. Romanice in the Roman language, in the vulgar tongue, i. e., in the vulgar language which sprang from Latin, the language of the Romans, and hence applied to fictitious compositions written in this vulgar tongue; fr. L. Romanicus Roman, fr. Romanus. See Roman, and cf. Romanic Romaunt Romansch Romanza

adjective Ro*mance"
Of or pertaining to the language or dialects known as Romance.
verb Ro*mance"
To write or tell romances; to indulge in extravagant stories.
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  1. An exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
  2. A novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life
  3. A story dealing with love
  4. The group of languages derived from Latin
  5. A relationship between two lovers
  6. Tell romantic or exaggerated lies ("This author romanced his trip to an exotic country")
  7. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  8. Have a love affair with
  9. Make amorous advances towards
  10. Relating to languages derived from Latin ("Romance languages")

From Middle English romauns, roumance, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman and Old French romanz, romans (the vernacular language of France, as opposed to Latin), from Medieval Latin rōmānicē, Vulgar Latin rōmānicē (“in the Roman language”, adverb), from Latin rōmānicus (“roman”, adj) from rōmānus (“a Roman”).

  1. A story relating to chivalry; a story involving knights, heroes, adventures, quests, etc.
  2. An intimate relationship between two people; a love affair.
  3. A strong obsession or attachment for something or someone.
  4. Idealized love which is pure or beautiful.
  5. A mysterious, exciting, or fascinating quality.
  6. A story or novel dealing with idealized love.
  7. An embellished account of something; an idealized lie.
  8. An adventure, or series of extraordinary events, resembling those narrated in romances.
    His life was a .
  9. A dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to ignore what is real.
    a girl full of
  10. (music) A romanza, or sentimental ballad.

romance was also found in the following language(s): French, Interlingua, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Romance

Viviane Romance was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1931 to 1974. Viviane was given the name Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns on July 4th, 1912 in Roubaix. Viviane is also known as Pauline Ronacher. She died on September 25th, 1991.


Trisha Romance is a in the fields of painting and illustration. Trisha was born in 1951 in Hamburg, New York.


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Popularity of Romance as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Romance U.S.
  White 87.35% 64.26%
  African American 8.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Romance

People with the last name Romance are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Romance

  • How Popular is the name Romance? Romance is the 46,820th most popular name of all time. As a last name Romance was the 78,040th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Romance have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52 babies born with the first name Romance in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Romance? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Romance first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Romance is Thursday, July 17th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Romance born? The highest recorded use of the first name Romance was in 2014 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Romance: Your name in reverse order is Ecnamor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ncremoa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Romance? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 245 people with the last name Romance.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Romance? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Romance as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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