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Origin of valentine
Examples from the Web for valentine
Actress Ellen Page came out of the closet on Valentine's Day at a Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas.How Likable Is Alec Baldwin After His ‘New York Magazine’ Confessional?|Amy Zimmerman|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Your choice to teach love keeps my Valentine safer from hate.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, two books reveal the secrets of e-romance.
This year, get your Valentine something they might actually want.7 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Valentine Would Actually Want|Misty White Sidell|February 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
While chasing down a suspect, Valentine crosses The Line, putting his job in jeopardy.
Valentine smiled, and looked at Curumilla, who shook his head.The Pirates of the Prairies|Gustave Aimard
The hunters prepared to leave their camp, and Valentine placed himself at the head of the little band.The Trapper's Daughter|Gustave Aimard
Valentine rather liked her, or pretended to, for on several occasions she lent her Rosalie to dress her hair.The Count's Chauffeur|William Le Queux
Valentine went to drive his master, who went only to kill a dull day.The Haunted Homestead|E. D. E. N. Southworth
Valentine was sitting close to him; he put his arm around her waist as he spoke.A Life For a Love|L. T. Meade
mid-15c., "sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine's Day," from Late Latin Valentinus, the name of two early Italian saints (from Latin valentia "strength, capacity;" see valence). Choosing a sweetheart on this day originated 14c. as a custom in English and French court circles. Meaning "letter or card sent to a sweetheart" first recorded 1824. The romantic association of the day is said to be from it being around the time when birds choose their mates.
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd cometh there to chese his make.
[Chaucer, "Parlement of Foules," c.1381]
Probably the date was the informal first day of spring in whatever French region invented the custom (many surviving medieval calendars reckon the start of spring on the 7th or 22nd of February). No evidence connects it with the Roman Lupercalia (an 18c. theory) or to any romantic or avian quality in either of the saints. The custom of sending special cards or letters on this date flourished in England c.1840-1870, declined around the turn of the 20th century, and revived 1920s.
To speak of the particular Customs of the English Britons, I shall begin with Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. when young Men and Maidens get their several Names writ down upon Scrolls of Paper rolled up, and lay 'em asunder, the Men drawing the Maidens Names, and these the Mens; upon which, the Men salute their chosen Valentines and present them with Gloves, &c. This Custom (which sometimes introduces a Match) is grounded upon the Instinct of Animals, which about this Time of the Year, feeling a new Heat by the approach of the Sun, begin to couple. ["The Present State of Great Britain and Ireland" London, 1723]