sentimental Definition

  • 1relating to or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia
  • 2having or arousing feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way

Using sentimental: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sentimental" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sentimental song brought tears to her eyes.

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    He gave her a sentimental gift for their anniversary.

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    She is very sentimental about her childhood home.

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    The movie was too sentimental for my taste.

sentimental Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using sentimental

  • wear one's heart on one's sleeve

    to openly display one's emotions or feelings


    She always wears her heart on her sleeve and can't hide her sentimental side.

  • have a soft spot for someone/something

    to have a strong liking or affection for someone or something


    Despite his tough exterior, he has a soft spot for sentimental movies.

  • get misty-eyed

    to become emotional or teary-eyed


    Whenever she hears that sentimental song, she gets misty-eyed and nostalgic.

Phrases with sentimental

  • the value of an object derived from personal or emotional associations rather than material worth


    The old watch has no monetary value, but it has great sentimental value to me.

  • a nostalgic return to a place or time that holds personal significance


    After retiring, he took a sentimental journey back to the town where he grew up.

  • a novel by Gustave Flaubert, depicting the moral and intellectual education of a young man named Frederic Moreau


Origins of sentimental

from New Latin 'sentimentalis', from Latin 'sentimentum', meaning 'feeling'


Summary: sentimental in Brief

The term 'sentimental' [ˌsɛntəˈmɛntl] refers to feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia. It can describe objects, events, or people that evoke such emotions, often in an exaggerated or self-indulgent way. Examples include 'The sentimental song brought tears to her eyes.' and 'She is very sentimental about her childhood home.' 'Sentimental' extends into phrases like 'sentimental value,' and idioms like 'wear one's heart on one's sleeve,' denoting open display of emotions.