Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day


: February 14 observed as a time for sending valentines

Full Definition of VALENTINE'S DAY

:  February 14 observed in honor of St. Valentine and as a time for sending valentines


Valentine's Day also Valentine Day

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Valentine's Day

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. Valentine is considered the patron of lovers and especially of those unhappily in love. The feast day became a lovers' festival in the 14th century, probably as an extension of pagan love festivals and fertility rites celebrated in mid-February. Today it is marked by the exchange of romantic cards (valentines), flowers, and other gifts.


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