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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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 The first valentines were sent in the 15th century. Amanda Hawkins, Good Housekeeping, "14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Valentine's Day," 12 Dec. 2017 Getty ImagesMaria Mosolova The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to your valentine. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Can’t wait for everyone to see it next year on valentines weekend! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are Still Together Despite Breakup Rumors," 19 July 2018 From left to right, volunteer leaders with the valentines and bags that were made with the youth group, including Ethan Smith, Earl Vargas, Devan Bradshaw and Gabe Abbott. Linda Mcintosh,, "Church group serves dinner at shelter... more community news," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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


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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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