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 dayb : 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 of valentine from the Web
This may be McNally's valentine to Broadway (or, with all the self-referential lines, to his own shows).
The exhibit features an activity bay where kids can make valentines and put them in a mailbox like Charlie Brown's, and a selfie station with a Charlie Brown cutout.
Why should Mama always be first on your valentine card- and flower-sending list?
Neil conceived of it as a valentine to performers, and performance.
A student in Ms. Tyson’s sixth-grade class receives a valentine from every other student in the room but Melissa.
What better way to impress your valentine than by giving a homemade indulgence with a scrumptious edge?
My interest in collecting valentines no doubt flows from my happy memories of grade school parties.
A comic valentine to the theater gets misdelivered.
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Origin and Etymology of valentine
Middle English valentyn, after Seint Valentynes day
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
VALENTINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of valentine for English Language Learners
: a card or gift that you give usually to someone you love on Valentine's Day
: a person you give a valentine to
VALENTINE Defined for Kids
Definition of valentine for Students
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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