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 for romance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Romance \Ro*mance"\, n. [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.]
     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.
        "Romances that been royal." --Chaucer.
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              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.
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     2. An adventure, or series of extraordinary events,
        resembling those narrated in romances; as, his courtship,
        or his life, was a romance.
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     3. A dreamy, imaginative habit of mind; a disposition to
        ignore what is real; as, a girl full of romance.
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     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).
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     5. (Mus.) A short lyric tale set to music; a song or short
        instrumental piece in ballad style; a romanza.
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     6. a love affair, esp. one in which the lovers display their
        deep affection openly, by romantic gestures.
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     Syn: Fable; novel; fiction; tale.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Romance \Ro*mance"\, a.
     Of or pertaining to the language or dialects known as
     Romance.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Romance \Ro*mance"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Romanced; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Romancing.]
     To write or tell romances; to indulge in extravagant stories.
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           A very brave officer, but apt to romance. --Walpole.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Romance
      adj 1: relating to languages derived from Latin; "Romance
             languages" [syn: Romance, Latin]
      n 1: a relationship between two lovers [syn: love affair,
           romance]
      2: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or
         adventure) [syn: romanticism, romance]
      3: the group of languages derived from Latin [syn: Romance,
         Romance language, Latinian language]
      4: a story dealing with love [syn: love story, romance]
      5: a novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday
         life
      v 1: make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary"
           [syn: woo, court, romance, solicit]
      2: have a love affair with
      3: talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The
         guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband
         never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt,
         dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance,
         philander, mash]
      4: tell romantic or exaggerated lies; "This author romanced his
         trip to an exotic country"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "romance":
     Marchen, Western, Western story, Westerner, adulterous affair,
     adultery, adventure, adventure story, affair, allegorize, allegory,
     amor, amour, apologue, apparition, autism, autistic thinking,
     balderdash, bedtime story, brainchild, brown-nose, bubble,
     butter up, canard, capriccio, caprice, chimera, color,
     colorfulness, concoction, court, cuckoldry, dalliance, delirium,
     dereism, dereistic thinking, detective story, divertissement,
     dreamery, eidolon, entanglement, epic, eternal triangle,
     exaggeration, excitement, extravaganza, fable, fabliau,
     fabrication, fabulize, fairy tale, fancy, fantasia, fantasque,
     fantasy, fascination, fib, fiction, fictionalize, figment, flatter,
     flight of fancy, flirtation, folk story, folktale, forbidden love,
     forgery, gest, ghost story, glamor, hallucination, hanky-panky,
     horse opera, humoresque, ideal, idealism, ideality, idealization,
     idealize, idle fancy, idyll, illicit love, illusion, imagery,
     imagination, imaginative exercise, imaginativeness, imagining,
     impracticality, infidelity, insubstantial image, intrigue,
     invention, legend, liaison, love, love affair, love story, maggot,
     make-believe, medley, melodrama, mystery, mystery story, myth,
     mythicize, mythify, mythologize, mythology, mythos, narrate,
     narrative, nonsense, nostalgia, novel, novelize, nursery tale,
     pander to, parable, phantasm, phantom, play of fancy, potpourri,
     prevarication, quixotism, quixotize, quixotry, recite, recount,
     rehearse, relate, relationship, report, retell, rhapsodize,
     romantic tie, romanticism, romanticize, romanza, science fiction,
     sentiment, shocker, sick fancy, soft-soap, space fiction,
     space opera, storify, story, suspense story, tall story, tall tale,
     tell, tell a story, thick-coming fancies, thriller, triangle, trip,
     unfaithfulness, unfold a tale, unpracticalness, unrealism,
     unreality, utopianism, utopianize, vapor, vision, visionariness,
     whim, whimsy, white lie, whodunit, wildest dreams,
     wish fulfillment, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, woo,
     work of fiction
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ROMANCE, n.  Fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of Things as
  They Are.  In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to
  probability, as a domestic horse to the hitching-post, but in romance
  it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination -- free,
  lawless, immune to bit and rein.  Your novelist is a poor creature, as
  Carlyle might say -- a mere reporter.  He may invent his characters
  and plot, but he must not imagine anything taking place that might not
  occur, albeit his entire narrative is candidly a lie.  Why he imposes
  this hard condition on himself, and "drags at each remove a
  lengthening chain" of his own forging he can explain in ten thick
  volumes without illuminating by so much as a candle's ray the black
  profound of his own ignorance of the matter.  There are great novels,
  for great writers have "laid waste their powers" to write them, but it
  remains true that far and away the most fascinating fiction that we
  have is "The Thousand and One Nights."
  

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