val·en·tine | \ˈva-lən-ˌtīn \

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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In the on-set kitchen, the pots and pans on the stove had just the right amount of dent and scuff, trays of half-full wine glasses glimmered red, gold and pink, like liquid valentines. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Sweetbitter’ Is a Coming-of-Age Story, With Wine Pairings," 24 Apr. 2018 The big day: Violinist Daniel Morris serenaded valentines at the Pacific Park Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. Mary Forgione,, "Plans still up in the air? That's your cue for a Ferris wheel ride," 14 Feb. 2018 Want a visit with groundbreaking medical researchers of the past, a fun peek at how medicine has informed everything from valentines to comic books, or a World War I guide for handling poison gas attacks? Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The real history behind Harry Potter magic and WWI poison gas treatments," 7 Apr. 2018 According to a press release from the first lady’s office, Mrs. Trump spent the afternoon decorating cookies and making valentines cards with around two dozen children currently patients at NIH and a few of their family members. Tierney Mcafee,, "Melania Trump Spends Valentine's Day with Ill Kids as Husband's Lawyer Admits He Paid Off Porn Star," 14 Feb. 2018 The hospital has set up an online valentine program and will deliver your card to a patient. Jennie Key,, "Send a valentine to patients at Cincinnati Children's," 31 Jan. 2018 In time Whitney became the biggest producer of American valentines. Marilyn Yalom, Time, "How the Modern Valentine's Day Card Evolved," 14 Feb. 2018 But what happens in season two, when the series must pivot from being a nostalgic valentine to a classic movie into something that can stand on its own? Joey Morona,, "Why 'Cobra Kai,' YouTube's 'Karate Kid' sequel series, deserves a second season," 4 May 2018 The Pennsylvania Dutch created highly artistic valentines in either German or English. Marilyn Yalom, Time, "How the Modern Valentine's Day Card Evolved," 14 Feb. 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 \

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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