romantic (adj.)

1650s, "of the nature of a literary romance," from French romantique, from romant "a romance," oblique case of Old French romanz "verse narrative" (see romance (n.)).

As a literary style, opposed to classical since before 1812; in music, from 1885. Meaning "characteristic of an ideal love affair" (such as usually formed the subject of literary romances) is from 1660s. Meaning "having a love affair as a theme" is from 1960. Related: Romantical (1670s); romantically. Compare romanticism.

romantic (n.)

"an adherent of romantic virtues in literature," 1827, from romantic (adj.).

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Definitions of romantic from WordNet
romantic (adj.)
belonging to or characteristic of Romanticism or the Romantic Movement in the arts;
romantic poetry
Synonyms: romanticist / romanticistic
romantic (adj.)
expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance;
a romantic adventure
a romantic moonlight ride
Synonyms: amatory / amorous
romantic (adj.)
not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic;
a romantic disregard for money
Synonyms: quixotic / wild-eyed
romantic (n.)
a soulful or amorous idealist;
romantic (n.)
an artist of the Romantic Movement or someone influenced by Romanticism;
Synonyms: romanticist