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bromance

noun; blending
a close relationship between two males who are not sexually involved
 
“Bromance” is a blending of brother and romance. It refers to a close relationship shared by two males. It is usually between two male friends who are both straight. The term brother implies that is between two males who are close like brothers, and the term romance implies that it is a loving relationship, which is not sexual, just as it would be for brothers. It is an informal term used predominantly among younger people.
Etymology : Bromance is a blending of “brother” and “romance”. Brother comes from Old English bropor, from Proto-Germanic brother, from the Proto-Indo-European root bhrater. Brother has become a common way to address a close male friend in English. Romance comes from Latin. Initially, it meant ‘story of a hero’s adventures’, from Old French romanz meaning ‘verse narrative’, from Vulgar Latin romanice scribere meaning ‘to write in a Romance Language’, from Latin Romanicus meaning ‘of or in the Roman style’. Through a connection with medieval stories about chivalric adventure, romance came to mean ‘a love story’ in English, and later to mean ‘love affair’.
Source : “Sometimes their bromance makes me feel left out” –Friend, September 2008
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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