Synonyms of romance
1 love affairDictionary • a holiday romance
love affair • a love affair with a married man
relationship • She likes to have a relationship with her leading men.
affair • A married male supervisor was carrying on an affair with a colleague.
intrigue • She detected her husband in an intrigue with a prostitute.
liaison • She embarked on a series of sexual liaisons with society figures.
amour • This meaningful amour had gone horribly wrong.
affair of the heart
affaire (du coeur) (French)
2 loveDictionary • He still finds time for romance.
love • Our love for each other has been increased by what we've been through together.
passion • Romeo's passion for Juliet
affection • She thought of him with affection.
attachment • As a teenager she formed a strong attachment to one of her teachers.
ardour • The sexual ardour had cooled.
3 excitementDictionary • We want to recreate the romance of old train journeys.
colour • The ceremony brought a touch of colour to the normally drab proceedings.
adventure • a feeling of adventure and excitement
glamour • the glamour of showbiz
fascination • She had a charm and fascination all of her own.
4 storyDictionary • Her taste in fiction was for historical romances.
story • a popular love story with a happy ending
novel • He had all but finished writing a first novel.
tale • a collection of poems and folk tales
fantasy • The film is more a fantasy than a horror story.
legend • the legends of ancient Greece
fiction • She is a writer of historical fiction.
fairy tale • She was like a princess in a fairy tale.
5 tall storyDictionary
lie • I've had enough of your lies.
fiction • Total recycling is a fiction.
invention • The story was undoubtedly pure invention.
fairy tale • Many of those who write books lie much more than those who tell fairy tales.
fabrication • She described the interview with her as a 'complete fabrication'.
falsehood • He accused them of knowingly spreading falsehoods about him.
flight of fancy
urban myth (informal)
1 courtDictionary • He romanced the world's most eligible women.
court • I was courting him at 19 and married him when I was 21.
date • He's been dating her for three months.
chase • If he's not chasing women, he's out boozing with the lads.
pursue • He had pursued her, and within weeks they had become lovers.
go (out) with
woo • The penniless author successfully wooed and married Roxanne.
make love to
walk out with
keep company with
pay court to
go steady with (informal)
set your cap at
pay your addresses to
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adventureAdventure is excitement and willingness to do new, unusual, or rather dangerous things.
• a feeling of adventure and excitement
• A married male supervisor was carrying on an affair with a colleague.
affectionIf you regard someone or something with affection, you like them and are fond of them.
• She thought of him with affection.
Thesaurus for romance from the Collins English Thesaurus
a love affair, esp an intense and happy but short-lived affair