What Is a Romantic Overture?

Romance is open to interpretation.Romance is open to interpretation.

Understanding the definition of a romantic overture can help you recognize a gesture that may turn a friendship into a deeper relationship. Overtures can be subtle or outstanding and often introduce a change to your personal relationships and interactions. Even a committed relationship can benefit from romantic overtures that promote intimacy and growth.


Romance is an idealized situation. This can occur in real life, usually between two people who have a physical and emotional relationship. Merriam-Webster refers to a romantic encounter as one "marked by an expression of love or affection." These encounters also occurs in dramas and comedies. However, on film the romantic relationships may be exaggerated and the overtures are obvious.


An overture is an introduction or first move toward change. In personal interactions, an overture might be the first move that changes a friendship to a more intimate relationship. However, these gestures don't stop once a couple becomes exclusive or even after they marry. A spouse may use an overture to reintroduce romance into the relationship and keep things fresh.


An example of a subtle romantic overture would be a man purchasing a woman a drink at a bar. Unfortunately, it is easy for a person to misread these gestures because the man is not making his intentions obvious. Some men purchase drinks for their female friends and do not hope that they will take the gesture as a sign of romantic intent.


An example of an obvious romantic overture would be a woman surprising her husband with an intimate weekend vacation. Another overture that could introduce romance to a relationship would be a man asking a woman out to dinner. While a dinner invitation could be an act of friendship, a request to spend time alone with a woman makes the man's intentions obviously romantic in nature.

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Ariel Waters began writing professionally in 2009. She works as a contractor for LexisNexis, creating Web content and articles, and has also written blogs and articles for Bring Pets Home and HomeAgain. Waters received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University.

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