I looked up the definition of romance in my dictionary this morning. It was interesting to see that the first definition listed is a list of the romance languages. In fact, what we often think of as the definition of romance is the third of four definitions. "Excitement, love, etc. of the kind found in such literature" according to Webster's New World dictionary. Out of curiosity, I went to dictionary.com. The listing there is a bit different.
Is it me or do some of those definitions make it sound archaic?
|1.||a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.|
|2.||the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.|
|3.||a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.|
|4.||a baseless, made-up story, usually full of exaggeration or fanciful invention.|
|5.||a romantic spirit, sentiment, emotion, or desire.|
|6.||romantic character or quality.|
|7.||a romantic affair or experience; a love affair.|