[kuh-rey-juh s]


possessing or characterized by courage; brave: a courageous speech against the dictator.

Nearby words

  1. couponing,
  2. coups,
  3. coupé,
  4. courage,
  5. courage of one's convictions, have the,
  6. courageously,
  7. courant,
  8. courante,
  9. courantyne,
  10. courbaril

Origin of courageous

1250–1300; Middle English corageous < Anglo-French curajous, Old French corageus, equivalent to corage courage + -eus -eous

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British Dictionary definitions for courageous



possessing or expressing courage
Derived Formscourageously, adverbcourageousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for courageous



late 13c., from Anglo-French corageous, Old French corageus (12c., Modern French courageux), from corage (see courage). Related: Courageously; courageousness.

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