According to historians, the English word "romance" was developed from a vernacular dialect within French language meaning "verse narrative", referring to the style of speech and writing of the elite classes of Europe.
Originally, the word was an adverb of the Latin Romanicus, meaning "of the Roman style."
Other meanings developed over time, with a romantic tryst seen as adventurous and passionate. The modern meaning of romance is an expression of love or desire. The stamp designs in this Australian issue are perfect for sending written expressions of such sentiments.