Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

noun
a tragedy (produced between 1591 and 1596) by Shakespeare.
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A tragedy by William Shakespeare about two “star-crossed lovers” whose passionate love for each other ends in death because of the senseless feud between their families. The line “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” is well known.

Note: Figuratively, a “Romeo” is an amorous young man.
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