Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day

noun

: 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

Variants of VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day also Valentine Day

First Known Use of VALENTINE'S DAY

1668

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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