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?
Recent Examples on the Web The documentary, as much a valentine as a deep dive into the borderlands’ foodways and history, was borne out of an online exchange between Medrano and Uruguayan film director Aníbal Capoano, who felt strongly that the story was a universal one. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "New documentary ‘Truly Texas Mexican’ traces the indigenous food heritage of the borderlands," 4 Sep. 2020 The show is a living, breathing valentine to the greatest decade, complete with all the classic ’80s sitcom archetypes: the doting mother, the ornery father, and the hijinks-prone kids. cleveland, "Stream this: Top 5 comedies to binge right now," 19 Mar. 2020 Volunteers hand-stamp the postmark and collector’s envelope artwork on each of approximately 120,000 valentines mailed through Loveland from all 50 states and 110 countries across the world. USA TODAY, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 9 Jan. 2020 And of course, there's one that's all about romance that's perfect for your valentine. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Is the Sweetest Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift You Can Buy, and It’s Only $10," 11 Feb. 2020 Besides valentines, soldiers can also be sent snacks and needed supplies like beef jerky, gum, hard candy, Pringles, snack or power bars, and travel size personal items like Carmex, lotion, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer and wipes. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lake Country students made hundreds of Valentine's Day cards for soldiers overseas," 14 Feb. 2020 He's seen combat, but he's never seen so many valentines. John Blackstone, CBS News, "104-year-old Marine surprised with thousands of Valentine's Day cards," 13 Feb. 2020 This week's valentine card being semi-addressed to McCarthy's husband Donnie Wahlberg also points to the Patriots (Wahlberg has a reputation for being a die-hard Patriots fan). Ariana Brockington,, "The White Tiger’s Identity On The Masked Singer Might Be Super Obvious," 13 Feb. 2020 The perfect date for you and your valentine, or for a girls' day outing for you and your galentine. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "From Rolling Stones tickets to a spa day, you can't beat these 5 Valentine's Day gifts," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of valentine was in the 15th century

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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Valentine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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