- boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor.
Origin of valor
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Examples from the Web for valor
Even the valor of tragedy is denied to Daisy, “a woman born with a voice that lacks a tragic register.”Carol Shields’s Tale Of Secondhand Life
October 26, 2014
The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas disputes this version of events and has characterized it as disinformation.
Understandably the narcos wanted to know the real identities of Felina and her compañeros at Valor por Tamaulipas.
The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina.
Ground war remained, inevitably, a place of high sacrifice as well as valor.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
Yet what can I say, for all men know that your valor needs the curb and not the spur.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Celerity, valor, endurance, they were his iridescent neck and tail feathers.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He was the mightiest man of valor in that same day of this our life, stalwart and stately.Beowulf
The ruler of Tripoli was abashed by this display of American energy and valor.
And valor—except of the imaginative brand—was not Issy's strong point.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for valor
c.1300, "value, worth," from Old French valour "strength, value, valor," from Late Latin valorem (nominative valor) "value, worth," from stem of Latin valere "be worth, be strong" (see valiant). The meaning "courage" is first recorded 1580s, from Italian valore, from the same Late Latin word. (The Middle English word also had a sense of "worth or worthiness in respect of manly qualities").