valentine

[ val-uhn-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.

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Origin of valentine

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

Definition for valentine (2 of 2)

Valentine
[ val-uhn-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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for valentine (2 of 2)

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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