Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sentimental or humorous greeting card sent to a sweetheart, friend, or family member, for example, on Saint Valentine's Day.
  • noun A gift sent as a token of love to one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.
  • noun A person singled out especially as one's sweetheart on Saint Valentine's Day.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sweetheart or choice made On St. Valentine's dav.
  • noun A letter or missive sent by one person to another of the opposite sex on St. Valentine's day; a written or printed or painted missive of an amatory or a satirical kind, generally sent anonymously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sweetheart chosen on St. Valentine's Day.
  • noun A letter containing professions of love, or a missive of a sentimental, comic, or burlesque character, sent on St. Valentine's Day.
  • noun a day sacred to St. Valentine; the 14th of February. It was a very old notion, alluded to by Shakespeare, that on this day birds begin to mate. Hence, perhaps, arose the custom of sending love tokens at that time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An expression of affection, especially romantic affection, usually in the form of greeting card, gift, or message given to a person the object of affection, especially on February 14th.
  • noun A person to whom a valentine is given or received, especially on February 14th.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day
  • noun a card sent or given (as to a sweetheart) on Saint Valentine's Day

Etymologies

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

[After Saint Valentine.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Saint Valentine's Day ("day of celebration of romantic love")

Examples

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  • You started out as a pal of mine

    I rashly promoted to valentine,

    The outcome of which

    Is an amorous itch

    That's soothed by no known calamine.

    February 14, 2016