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1A trademark for: a (type of) popular romantic novel published by Mills & Boon Limited.
2Allusive. A person or situation reminiscent of the type of fiction published by Mills & Boon Limited, especially in its light, romantic manner or style.
Allusive. Denoting idealized and sentimental romantic situations of a kind associated with the fiction published by Mills & Boon Limited.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Dundee Courier. From the names of Gerald Mills and Charles Boon, who together founded the publishing house Mills & Boon Limited in 1908.
Mills & Boon/ˌmɪlz (ə)n(d) ˈbuːn/
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