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  1. boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted: a valiant soldier.
  2. marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic: to make a valiant effort.
  3. worthy; excellent.

Origin of valiant

1275–1325; Middle English valia(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French vaillant, present participle of valoir to be of worth < Latin valēre; see -ant
Related formsval·iant·ly, adverbval·iant·ness, nouno·ver·val·iant, adjectiveo·ver·val·iant·ly, adverbo·ver·val·iant·ness, nounun·val·iant, adjectiveun·val·iant·ly, adverbun·val·iant·ness, noun

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1. See brave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for valiant

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Historical Examples of valiant

  • I have seen them fight too often not to know that they are very hardy and valiant gentlemen.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I had thought that you were in Spain with the valiant Henry of Trastamare.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But they are simple-hearted and valiant servants of their Master.

  • "I am your enemy," answered the valiant Pygmy, in his mightiest squeak.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The fierce Hunding is to fight with my dearest friend--the valiant Siegmund.

British Dictionary definitions for valiant


  1. courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
  2. marked by bravery or couragea valiant deed
Derived Formsvaliance or valiancy, nounvaliantly, adverb

Word Origin for valiant

C14: from Old French vaillant, from valoir to be of value, from Latin valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for valiant

early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French and Old French valliant "stalwart, brave," from present participle of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from Latin valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE root *wal- "be strong" (cf. Old English wealdan "to rule," Old High German -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), Old Norse valdr "ruler," Old Church Slavonic vlasti "to rule over," Lithuanian valdyti "to have power," Celtic *walos- "ruler," Old Irish flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able"). Related: Valiantly.

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