val·​en·​tine | \ ˈva-lən-ˌtīn How to pronounce valentine (audio) \

Definition of valentine

1 : a sweetheart chosen or complimented on Valentine's Day
2a : a gift or greeting sent or given especially to a sweetheart on Valentine's Day especially : a greeting card sent on this day
b : something (such as a movie or piece of writing) expressing uncritical praise or affection : tribute

Examples of valentine in a Sentence

Won't you be my Valentine?

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Cherry Block's menu read like a valentine to the area's love for Cajun, Gulf and Texas flavors and foodways. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ambitious Bravery Chef Hall now open downtown," 24 July 2019 That film, a financial disappointment in its day but now considered a masterwork, wrote a mournful valentine to a movie genre as well as a transitional point in American history. Michael Phillips,, "‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ review: With Tarantino prospecting, there’s tarnished gold (and the Manson family) lurking in Hollywood hills," 19 July 2019 There, George grew to a whopping 16-feet in length and became a star, regularly receiving fan mail and valentines from kids and was featured on clothing and postcards. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How A North Carolina Python Won A Purple Heart," 10 June 2019 Other activities throughout the year include scavenger hunts, trick or treating, exchanging valentines, a Halloween costume contest and bingo. 21. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Needless to say, this lipstick will always be my valentine. Pia Velasco, Good Housekeeping, "This Liquid Lipstick Is $7 and Stays Put All Day," 8 Feb. 2019 The visit comes one week after Mrs. Trump spent time with sick children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, bringing them valentines and coloring books. Tierney Mcafee,, "Melania Trump Spends Valentine's Day with Ill Kids as Husband's Lawyer Admits He Paid Off Porn Star," 14 Feb. 2018 Grey knows this, of course, and teased that one of my valentines gifts was friends themed. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "A Guy Reportedly Cut Off His Own Fingertip as a 'Friends'-Themed Valentine's Gift," 26 Feb. 2019 In its earliest incarnation, the bunny offered love: a perfect, crimson heart extended from its ASCII body like a valentine waiting to be claimed. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of valentine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valentine

Middle English valentyn, after Seint Valentynes day

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English Language Learners Definition of valentine

: a card or gift that you give usually to someone you love on Valentine's Day
: a person you give a valentine to


val·​en·​tine | \ ˈva-lən-ˌtīn How to pronounce valentine (audio) \

Kids Definition of valentine

1 : a greeting card or gift sent or given on Valentine's Day
2 : a sweetheart given something as a sign of affection on Valentine's Day

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