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Red roses, heart-shaped candy boxes, fancy dinner reservations—how did all of these come to signify romance on February 14th?
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What is a valentine?
A valentine is a card or gift given to someone for the occasion of Valentine’s Day, a holiday on February 14 that’s popularly observed as a day to celebrate love, especially by those in romantic relationships.
Valentines are often intended as a declaration of love, but they can also be given as a gesture of friendship. Valentines are commonly exchanged by romantic partners, or given by someone who wants to show affection to or romantic interest in the recipient. But they can also be exchanged by family members and friends—children might make valentines for their parents and school students sometimes give valentines to all of their fellow classmates, for example.
The classic version of a valentine is a card shaped like a heart, but they can come in many forms. Valentine messages can be serious or humorous or silly.
The word valentine can also refer to the person to whom a valentine is given (or the person who gives it), or to a person’s date or romantic partner on Valentine’s Day. Asking someone to be your valentine typically conveys romantic interest—it most commonly means you want them to be your date for Valentine’s Day. However, this is not always the case.
The term Valentine’s (or Valentines) is a short way of referring to Valentine’s Day, as in Do you have plans for Valentine’s yet?
Valentine is also the name of a Christian saint whose feast day is observed on February 14. The name of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to this observance, though it may have also been influenced by another saint named Valentine.
Example: I always send valentines anonymously—I just want to make people happy, without any obligation.
Where does valentine come from?
The first records of the word valentine in its modern sense come from the 1400s. Valentines and Valentine’s Day get their name from feast day of Saint Valentine, but there are at least two saints named Valentine, one of whom became a martyr around the year 270 CE. The name Valentine comes from a Latin word meaning “strength.”
There are many legends about it, but it’s ultimately unclear how Valentine’s Day became associated with the tradition of exchanging the affectionate gifts and love notes that we call valentines. One of the first known mentions of Valentine’s Day as a day celebrating romance comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s 1375 poem Parliament of Foules (Fowls), in which he connects the day to the widespread belief of the time that February 14 was the start of the mating season for birds.
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- Valentine’s card
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How is valentine used in real life?
Valentine is typically used in the context of Valentine’s Day. It’s commonly used to refer to a card or gift given to celebrate the day or to the person the valentine is given to.
I wonder when my bf is gonna ask me to be his valentine. Sir, i would like a whole homemade valentine in the shape of a heart. With macaroni on it 😭😂
— mona (@monasticks_) January 27, 2021
Gonna ask a guy to be mine valentine and hopefully he says yes then takes me on a date 😂😊
— briseida (@MontoyaBriseida) February 4, 2014
Asher made me a valentine at daycare today 😭💕 I love him so much wow pic.twitter.com/PIij3pf3RQ
— Emma Sprow (@emsprow) February 14, 2018
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But the poem opens with a call from a bird to all other birds, bidding them rejoice at the return of Saint Valentine's day.
It is true that he dreams about Saint Valentine's day, but that is quite another matter.
Behind the altar in this chapel is an internationally famous white marble, recumbent "Figure of Lee" which Valentine created.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
So all by coach to my house, where I found my Valentine with my wife, and here they drank, and then went away.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
"Almost the very same thing that you did, monsieur," replied Valentine, despondently.