Galentine's Day

noun

Gal·​en·​tine's Day ˈga-lən-ˌtīnz- How to pronounce Galentine's Day (audio)
variants or less commonly Galentine's or Galentines
: a holiday observed on February 13th as a time to celebrate friendships especially among women
Sandra Lee loves a good party, and Galentine's Day is no different. The Emmy winning celebrity chef and bestselling author has been known to throw a bash for the female friendship celebration, which started as a fictional holiday on Parks and Recreation but has had a lasting effect over the years.Dave Quinn
Many have accepted the holiday as a day to hang out with best friends—regardless of gender. A Galentine's Day celebration can include all genders and all of those that you adore … as long as they enjoy a tasty brunch!Stephanie Weaver
[Jennifer] Walski says she loves her husband and they dutifully book dinner dates on Valentine's, "but, honestly, I have much more fun doing Galentine's."Aisha Sultan
From candle making workshops to painting parties, Metro Detroit has a host of Galentines options this weekend and early next week to celebrate female friendship.Maureen Feighan

Word History

Etymology

blend of gal entry 1 and Valentine's Day

Note: The coinage was apparently introduced on an episode of the television comedy series Parks and Recreation. The episode, entitled "Galentine's Day" and written by the show's co-creator Michael Schur, first aired on February 11, 2010.

First Known Use

2010, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Galentine's Day was in 2010

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Cite this Entry

“Galentine's Day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Galentine%27s%20Day. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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