Romeo and Juliet couple

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the names of the eponymous characters in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Noun[edit]

Romeo and Juliet couple (plural Romeo and Juliet couples)

  1. A couple who have married without their parents' consent.
  2. By analogy with the two Shakespearean characters, a couple consisting of one member from each of two opposing families, parties, or countries.
    • 1988, Dugan Romano, Intercultural marriage: promises and pitfalls
      There are, for example, the Romeo and Juliet couples, who come from warring or enemy nations and escape to a neutral third country...
    • 1997, Lucia Nevai, Normal: stories
      The incidence there was especially high among Indian and Pakistani teens, Romeo-and-Juliet couples.

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