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  • noun 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.

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  • “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

  • "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

  • 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