- 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 valour
This they did as a recompense for our valour and devotion in our country's service.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
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.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Ziska bequeathed his skin to be used as a drum to inspire the valour of the Bohemians.Self-Help
I am the steel, d'ye see, which knocks the valour out of your flint.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- courage or bravery, esp in battle
Word Origin and History for valour
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").