Definitions

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  • n. A close but non-sexual relationship between two men, a form of homosocial intimacy.

Etymologies

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Blend of bro and romance. Editor Dave Carnie coined the term in the skateboard magazine Big Brother in the 1990s to refer specifically to the sort of relationships that develop between skaters who spent a great deal of time together.

Examples

  • After receiving three Emmy nominations, five Golden Globe nominations for best comedy series and praise for its unique portrayal of male friendships before the term "bromance" even entered the vernacular, Entourage has gone from awards bait to a punch line on CollegeHumor.com.

    Entourage Creator Doug Ellin on the End, the Backlash and When Fans Can Expect a Movie

  • The term "bromance" could have been created to describe the great chemistry they show here.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: One Of The Greatest "Guy" Movies Of All Time

  • While the term bromance could be seen as emasculating, much of it is based around the very manly concept of pals before gals.

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  • No wonder New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser weighed in on the controversy about what she called a "bromance" between the pair.

    Prince Andrew's link to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein taints royalty in US

  • The most successful bro- blend is probably the word bromance (meaning "a close platonic relationship between two men") but there are dozens (if not hundreds) of bro-compounds that are more or less brona-fide.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • Apatow, the US film-maker whose credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Knocked Up, didn't coin the term bromance - a close, often co-dependent but ultimately nonsexual friendship between straight men - but has defined it on screen.

    The Guardian World News

  • The inclusion of Superbad seems particularly misguided since that "bromance" - their word, not mine - is about the exact same thing as Sex and the City, which is the bond of friendship.

    Sexist with a capital S.E.X.I.S.T.

  • This is a real "bromance" - to borrow a Hollywood term I don't really like.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • What ensues is an awkward but tender "bromance" - meaning a platonic male friendship played out in dude-lingo, such as "chillaxing," - which is helping to redefine the romantic comedy.

    Articles

  • While we're certainly less than fanatical about all these weird new terms, such as the icky "bromance" - UK's "The Guardian" theorizes that the film "Dogma" may have

    News Askew

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  • Bromance

    (noun)

    1. The complicated love and affection between two straight males.

    2. A non-sexual relationship between two unusually close guys

    The modern nature and circumstances of bromance are what separate it from more general homosocial practices and historic romantic friendships.

    Aristotle’s classical description of friendship is the prototype of bromance. He wrote around 300 BC, “It is those who desire the good of their friends for the friends' sake that are most truly friends, because each loves the other for what he is, and not for any incidental quality."

    portmanteau of “bro” or “brother,” and “romance.”

    Attestation:

    1. Yesterday i saw my kr schoolmates sharing an umbrella lol cute bromance XDDD

    (bbulmon93 on Twitter) http://twitter.com/bbulmon93/statuses/18515667836

    2. Drake and Josh, best bromance ever!

    (PPENOLOPEEE on Twitter) http://twitter.com/PPENELOPEEE/statuses/18507676482

    3. Bromance is in the air

    July 14, 2010

  • "Learning to cope when the bromance is gone." Title of movie review of the film, "Greenberg". "If the past few years in cinema have celebrated the joys of bromance, it's only fitting that the next logical step would be the male breakup movie. (Washington Post, March 26, 2010).

    March 28, 2010

  • “The prevalence of boys’ nonromantic hugging (especially of other boys) is most striking to adults. Experts say that over the last generation, boys have become more comfortable expressing emotion, as embodied by the MTV show “Bromance,” which is now a widely used term for affection between straight male friends.”

    The New York Times, For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’, by Sarah Kershaw, May 27, 2009

    May 28, 2009