We associate this word with sweetness and love, but it emerged from the conquering powers of the Roman Empire.
The word was originally an adverb of the Latin origin “Romanicus,” meaning “of the Roman style. “Romans” were used to write popular stories involving chivalric or courtly love, and such tales became known as romances.
-Saint. 3rd century a.d., Christian martyr, associated by historical accident with the custom of sending valentines; bishop of Terni. Feast day: Feb. 14
-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
French word meaning Love.
In 2010, a poll of linguists rated amour – the French word for “love,” simple and sweet – the most romantic word in the world. In English, the word gains drama and loses innocence.
Said about a very handsome man.
In Greek mythology, the beautiful young Adonis was beloved by both Persephone and Aphrodite, so Zeus decreed the young man should divide his time and attention between the two goddesses.
An aphrodisiac is a natural substance or drug that enhances sexual desire and performance. So far, there is no evidence that such a substance actually exists. Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love (who was infatuated with Adonis) gave the Greeks the words ‘aphrodisia’ (heterosexual pleasure) and ‘aphrodisiakos’ (a gem with aphrodisiac powers).
A man who is very charming and has multiple lovers.
In the 1700s, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was a spy, a clergyman, a gambler, and apparently a man of charm. He was also a writer.
A flower with a sweet smell that is usually white, yellow, red, or pink and that grows on a bush which has thorns on the stems.
Roses have been used for hundreds of years as gifts that convey symbolic meanings. A dozen red roses is the traditional Valentine’s Day gift.
# 8 Chocolate
A food that is made from cacao beans and that is eaten as candy or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods.
Boxes of heart shaped chocolate covered with cupids , for some people, have a sweet quality , both in sentiment and taste.
# 9 Sweetheart
Darling; one who is loved. “Habibi” in Arabic . The Greeks and Egyptians believed the heart was the center of the emotions. English speakers borrowed the idea, and sweet + heart has been a term of endearment – particularly for romantic love – since the Middle Ages.
Even if you can’t describe your ideal romantic partner, you’ll know him or her on sight. Your body will produce physical signs that grab your attention and direct it toward the crush in question. Hearts beats fast, and a smile appears on the face.