Definition of valentine in English:


Line breaks: val¦en|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈvaləntʌɪn


  • 1A card sent, often anonymously, on St Valentine’s Day, 14 February, to a person one loves or is attracted to.
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    • Strange men followed her in the street, and anonymous valentines, love poems, and long-stemmed red roses in bouquets of a dozen found their way to her door.
    • As she seems easily fooled, why not send yourself sheaves of valentines and other billets-doux?
    • Sooner or later, we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies.
  • 1.1A person to whom one sends a valentine card or with whom one is romantically involved.
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    • You're all I need, my love, my valentine.
    • Actually the trick with having a valentine is loving them every OTHER day of the year.
    • A young man at a card store before Valentine's Day reading from a card he has picked: ‘… to my darling valentine, my one and only love.’


late Middle English (denoting a person chosen (sometimes by lot) as a sweetheart or special friend): from Old French Valentin, from Latin Valentinus.

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