val·​en·​tine ˈva-lən-ˌtīn How to pronounce valentine (audio)
: a sweetheart chosen or complimented on Valentine's Day
: a gift or greeting sent or given especially to a sweetheart on Valentine's Day
especially : a greeting card sent on this day
: 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 Starring Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman with a name that could adorn an adult-film star — Colt Seavers — Fall Guy is an exceptionally nimble, clever movie about the people who make movies, as well as a valentine to Hollywood's small but tough population of stunt artists. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon spent Valentine’s Day with their forever valentines — their 12-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 Dexter, Pilot, and Declan, the facility dogs at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, work at the hospital 40 hours a week Dexter, Pilot, and Declan had dozens of valentines to celebrate on Feb. 14. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Howland didn’t invent valentines or bring them to the United States. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Nancy Rosin, an expert on valentines who helps the Metropolitan Museum of Art catalog its collection, said the card’s feline imagery was unusual. The New York Times, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 And according to this year's results, Wisconsin residents should be giving Hershey kisses to their valentines. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Emma Heming Willis is celebrating Valentine's Day with her valentine, husband Bruce Willis. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 At a loss for the perfect GIF to send your valentine on Feb. 14? Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Middle English valentyn, after Seint Valentynes day

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Valentine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


val·​en·​tine ˈval-ən-ˌtīn How to pronounce valentine (audio)
: a sweetheart given something as a sign of affection on Valentine's Day
: a gift or greeting sent or given on Valentine's Day
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