from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Valentine, Saint fl. third century A.D. Roman Christian who according to tradition was martyred during the persecution of Christians by Emperor Claudius II. Saint Valentine's Day was primarily celebrated in his honor, but was also inspired by another martyr named Valentine, who was bishop of Terni, a region in central Italy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Saint Valentine
  • proper n. A male given name in quiet but steady use since the 16th century.
  • proper n. An English and Scottish surname derived from the male given name.
  • proper n. A female given name occasionally borrowed from French.
  • proper n. Alternative form of valentine.


Latin Valentinus, from valeō ("I am strong, healthy"). (Wiktionary)



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