- boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted: a valiant soldier.
- marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic: to make a valiant effort.
- worthy; excellent.
Origin of valiant
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Examples from the Web for valiant
It seems to me that he is playing the part of the valiant hero nearing his end.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
It is a valiant, encyclopedic attempt of a star jurist to give voice(s) to an embattled philosophical position.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
Her valiant recovery made her an inspiration for everyone, and an icon for Democrats.The Battle Is On in Gabby Giffords’s Old District
October 9, 2014
The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.The James Foley I Knew in the ISIS War Zone
August 20, 2014
In its finest World Cup victory, a valiant U.S. team gets revenge on the country that knocked it out of the last two cups.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana
June 17, 2014
I have seen them fight too often not to know that they are very hardy and valiant gentlemen.
I had thought that you were in Spain with the valiant Henry of Trastamare.
But they are simple-hearted and valiant servants of their Master.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
"I am your enemy," answered the valiant Pygmy, in his mightiest squeak.Tanglewood Tales
The fierce Hunding is to fight with my dearest friend--the valiant Siegmund.Opera Stories from Wagner
- courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
- marked by bravery or couragea valiant deed
Word Origin and History for valiant
early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French and Old French valliant "stalwart, brave," from present participle of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from Latin valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE root *wal- "be strong" (cf. Old English wealdan "to rule," Old High German -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), Old Norse valdr "ruler," Old Church Slavonic vlasti "to rule over," Lithuanian valdyti "to have power," Celtic *walos- "ruler," Old Irish flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able"). Related: Valiantly.