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[val-er] /ˈvæl ər/
boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery:
a medal for valor.
Also, especially British, valour.
Origin of valor
1350-1400; Middle English valo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French valeur < Late Latin valōr-, stem of valor worth, equivalent to Latin val(ēre) to be of worth + -or -or1
intrepidity, spirit.
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See courage. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for valour
Historical Examples
  • This they did as a recompense for our valour and devotion in our country's service.

  • It is perhaps as high a form of valour to endure as to dare.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Duerot has tried his hardest to sup in Lagny, and has been balked by German valour.

  • Ziska bequeathed his skin to be used as a drum to inspire the valour of the Bohemians.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • I am the steel, d'ye see, which knocks the valour out of your flint.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It is not their want of courage that renders them so peaceable, for their valour is well known.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Al. “Hud a phyd,” “The valour of the forward Elphin had recourse to wiles and stratagems.”

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • These Manchester men had little of the Crusader or Elizabethan but his valour.

  • Nor does what they utter, so much seem to be singing as the voice and exertion of valour.

  • And which is the better part of valour, when one is blind––submission or revolt?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for valour


courage or bravery, esp in battle
Derived Forms
valorous, adjective
valorously, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin valor, from valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for valour

chiefly British English spelling of valor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with valour
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