Blend of bro + 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.
bromance (plural bromances)
- (slang) A close but non-sexual relationship between men.
- There is a bromance between Josh and David.
2001 April, “WORD”, in TransWorld Surf, retrieved 2018-01-06, page 40:
- Bromance—Romance between bros. Example: ‘It looks like there's a bit of bromance between Ryan and Matt.’