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Roman numeral any of the letters I, V, X, L, C, D, or M, used in the Roman system of notation, in which a letter followed by one of equal or lesser value indicates addition of the two, a letter followed by one of greater value indicates that the first is to be subtracted from the second, and a bar over a letter multiplies it by 1,000.
Romano (sometimes l.c.) a hard, sharp Italian cheese used esp. in grated form.
Romans a book of the New Testament, consisting of a letter written by the apostle Paul to the Christians of Rome.
romantic of, pertaining to, or characterized by romance. [8 definitions]
romanticism (usu. cap.) a European artistic and intellectual movement of the early nineteenth century, characterized by an emphasis on individual freedom from social conventions or political restraints, on human imagination, and on nature, usu. in an idealized form. (Cf. classicism.) [2 definitions]
romanticize to give a romantic character or interpretation to. [2 definitions]
Romantic Movement an artistic and intellectual movement, arising in Europe in the late eighteenth century in rebellion against classicism, in which freedom and creativity, individual feeling, mood, mystery, and regard for untamed nature were stressed.
Romany a Gypsy or Gypsies collectively. [3 definitions]
Rome the capital of Italy. [2 definitions]
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, a youth whose love for Juliet, a girl from an enemy family, ends in both their deaths. [2 definitions]
Romeo and Juliet a tragic play about ill-fated young lovers, written by William Shakespeare.
romp to move or play in a carefree and lively or boisterous manner. [4 definitions]
rompers a one-piece playsuit with short bloomers worn esp. by young children.
Romulus in Roman legend, the founder of Rome, who, along with his twin brother Remus, had been abandoned as an infant and had survived by suckling a wolf.
Ronald Reagan the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989) and 33rd Governor of California (1967-1975), who had an earlier career as a film actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild. President Reagan worked to end the Cold War and to improve U.S. relations with the Soviet Union; born Ronald Wilson Reagan (b.1911--d.2004).
rondeau a short lyrical poem of French origin that consists of three stanzas with an unrhymed opening phrase recurring as a refrain. [3 definitions]
rondel a short poem consisting of fourteen lines based on two rhymes, the opening couplet of which is repeated in the middle and at the end. [2 definitions]
rondo a musical work or movement, often the last movement of a sonata, in which the principal theme is repeated in the same key at least three times, with subordinate themes occurring between repetitions.
ronin a feudal Japanese soldier, no longer in the service of a lord but operating independently, often as a wandering bandit.
rood a crucifix, esp. a large one at the entrance of a church chancel. [3 definitions]
rood screen an ornamental screen or partition, usu. surmounted by a crucifix, that separates the choir or chancel from the nave of a church.