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[val-yuh nt] /ˈvæl yənt/
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
1275-1325; Middle English valia(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French vaillant, present participle of valoir to be of worth < Latin valēre; see -ant
Related forms
valiantly, adverb
valiantness, noun
overvaliant, adjective
overvaliantly, adverb
overvaliantness, noun
unvaliant, adjective
unvaliantly, adverb
unvaliantness, noun
1. valorous, dauntless.
Synonym Study
1. See brave. Unabridged
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  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But whenever he has the power, depend upon it, he will butt at one as valiantly as the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • They were confused, unwelcome thoughts, but she entertained them valiantly.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Phipps, however, held on valiantly, hoping almost against hope.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • "Pooh, I shan't mind how criss-cross he is," declared Patricia valiantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • "I'm goin' to the Front with the Reg'ment," he said valiantly.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • Busy as I was, I had time to mark well how stoutly and valiantly they fought.

British Dictionary definitions for valiantly


courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
marked by bravery or courage: a valiant deed
Derived Forms
valiance, valiancy, noun
valiantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vaillant, from valoir to be of value, from Latin valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for valiantly



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.

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