valentine

[ val-uh n-tahyn ]
/ ˈvæl ənˌtaɪn /

noun

a card or message, usually amatory or sentimental but sometimes satirical or comical, or a token or gift sent by one person to another on Valentine's Day, sometimes anonymously.
a sweetheart chosen or greeted on this day.
a written or other artistic work, message, token, etc., expressing affection for something or someone: His photographic essay is a valentine to Paris.

Nearby words

  1. valency,
  2. valency electron,
  3. valency grammar,
  4. valens,
  5. valentia,
  6. valentine's day,
  7. valentine's position,
  8. valentine, saint,
  9. valentinian i,
  10. valentinian ii

Origin of valentine

1400–50; late Middle English, after the feast of Saint Valentine

Valentine

[ val-uh n-tahyn ]
/ ˈvæl ənˌtaɪn /

noun

Saint,died a.d. c270, Christian martyr at Rome.
Also Valentinus. pope a.d. 827.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “strong.”
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British Dictionary definitions for valentine

valentine

/ (ˈvælənˌtaɪn) /

noun

a card or gift expressing love or affection, sent, often anonymously, to one's sweetheart or satirically to a friend, on Saint Valentine's Day
a sweetheart selected for such a greeting

Valentine

/ (ˈvælənˌtaɪn) /

noun

Saint. 3rd century ad, Christian martyr, associated by historical accident with the custom of sending valentines; bishop of Terni. Feast day: Feb 14
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Word Origin and History for valentine

Valentine

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper