Definitions

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

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

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.

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  • 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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