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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.
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1. See brave. Unabridged
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  • They all defended it valiantly, and no Indian dared expose himself within gun-shot of their port-holes.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • I wouldn't hesitate a moment to shoot him,' said he, valiantly. '

  • Even that brave if paradoxical cry was cheered, and the sportive Jimmy looked about him valiantly.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • How could he flee, when this old soldier was fighting 261 so valiantly for him in the trenches?

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • He valiantly proclaimed his intention, so soon as he did understand, of taking Robin Hood single-handed.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • “Then I will go to death holding my head high,” the girl said, valiantly.

    The Proud Prince Justin Huntly McCarthy
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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