American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A work of popular fiction characterized by scenes of unrestrained romantic passion.
- n. A sexually explicit romantic novel, usually in a historical setting, especially one involving the seduction of the heroine.
- n. a romantic novel containing scenes in which the heroine is sexually violated
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