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Romance or romantic may refer to:

Emotional attachment[edit]

  • Romance (love), love emphasizing emotion over libido
  • Romantic orientation, the sex or gender with which a person is most likely to have a romantic relationship or fall in love


Art, entertainment, and media[edit]


  • Gaslight romance, another name for gaslamp fantasy, featuring fantasy set at a time of approximately 19th technology
  • Hellenistic romance, or Ancient Greek romance, a modern term for the genre of the five surviving Ancient Greek novels
  • Heroic romance genres
    • Chivalric romance (also called heroic romance), a genre of medieval and Renaissance narrative fiction
    • Planetary romance, a genre of science fiction consisting of adventure tales on exotic planets
    • Scientific romance, an archaic term for the genre of fiction now commonly known as science fiction
  • Romance (music), a type of ballad or lyrical song
    • Romance (meter), a metric pattern found in Spanish ballads
    • Romancero, the corpus of such Spanish ballads, or a collection of them
  • Romance film, a genre of film of which the central plot focuses on the romantic relationships of the protagonists
  • Romance novel, a genre of novel that focuses on romantic love
  • Romantic comedy film, a hybrid genre of film centered on a comic romantic relationship
  • Romanticism, or the Romantic period/era, an artistic and intellectual movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including
    • Romantic music, the musical style used by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner and other late 18th and 19th-century composers
    • Romantic poetry, the poetic style used by Schiller, Blake, Keats, Wordsworth and other late 18th and 19th-century poets
    • Romanticism in science, a movement in science during the Romantic period
  • Russian romance or Russian Gypsy song, a type of sentimental art song with hints of Gypsy influence that was developed in Imperial Russia
  • Scandinavian romanser, classical art songs, equivalent to the German Lied
  • Shakespeare's late romances, the later plays of Shakespeare that mix tragic and comedic elements




Classical compositions[edit]




  • "Romance", a pop waltz written by Gordon Lightfoot and released on his 1983 album Salute
  • "Romance", a track on the album Light & Shade by Mike Oldfield
  • "Romance", a song by R.E.M. originally released on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Made in Heaven
  • "Romance", a song from the musical The Desert Song
  • "Romantic" (song), by Karyn White


Other uses[edit]

See also[edit]

Note: the following entries are arranged in an etymological tree.