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 In February, Moore confirmed that the LAPD had launched an internal investigation after an officer reported the valentine-like meme of Floyd. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Why, the very daughter who had been accused of sending her the comic valentine. Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2021 The playlet is a delirious valentine to those with a level of passion for theater that defies reason — and a pledge of allegiance to the experience of seeing things live. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2021 For that brief moment, David Fincher’s acerbic valentine to Old Hollywood became an elegy for a bygone way of moviegoing life. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2021 McHugh alternately seems to have approached the film as a valentine to hard-rock fans and as a sociologist seeking to explain the music's customs to those who are strangers to it. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Mar. 2021 What parent wouldn’t save a handmade valentine from a now 40-year-old son? Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 His death prompted protests and worldwide outrage, which has been amplified by the allegations of the mock valentine. Kim Christensen And Kevin Rector Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 15 Feb. 2021 Deep in the heart of Texas, a certain elderly woman received an unsigned comic valentine. Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2021

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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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“Valentine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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