valiant

[ val-yuhnt ]
/ ˈvæl yənt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. valgus,
  2. valhall,
  3. valhalla,
  4. valiance,
  5. valiancy,
  6. valiantly,
  7. valid,
  8. validate,
  9. validation,
  10. validity

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 forms

Synonym study

1. See brave.

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British Dictionary definitions for valiant

valiant

/ (ˈvæljənt) /

adjective

courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
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

valiant

adj.

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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