[kuh-rey-juh s]


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

Origin of courageous

1250–1300; Middle English corageous < Anglo-French curajous, Old French corageus, equivalent to corage courage + -eus -eous
Related formscou·ra·geous·ly, adverbcou·ra·geous·ness, nounun·cou·ra·geous, adjectiveun·cou·ra·geous·ly, adverbun·cou·ra·geous·ness, noun

Synonym study

See brave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for courageous

Contemporary Examples of courageous

Historical Examples of courageous

  • She loomed large, potential, courageous, a woman who held life in her hands.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Under fire you said a most courageous, womanly, creditable thing.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Obliging and courageous as Habert himself was, this made him indignant.

  • One of the most cheerful and courageous, because one of the most hopeful of workers, was Carey, the missionary.


    Samuel Smiles

  • She was so loyal, so courageous in her beliefs, such a great little sportswoman.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

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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