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. 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)
Origin: OE. Romance, romant, romaunt, OF. Romanz, romans, romant, roman, F. Roman, romance, fr. LL. Romanice in the 731
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.
Origin: Romanced; Romancing.