Origin of valiant
Examples from the Web for valiant
It seems to me that he is playing the part of the valiant hero nearing his end.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a valiant, encyclopedic attempt of a star jurist to give voice(s) to an embattled philosophical position.
Her valiant recovery made her an inspiration for everyone, and an icon for Democrats.
The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.
In its finest World Cup victory, a valiant U.S. team gets revenge on the country that knocked it out of the last two cups.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana|Tunku Varadarajan|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the Huns invaded Gaul, this skilled and valiant commander flew to its relief.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)|Charles Morris
The valiant prelate passed the rest of his days in seclusion, supported by the alms of the faithful.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
But there was one of all that gang who did not flee, and that was the valiant hound.Frontier Boys in Frisco|Wyn Roosevelt
Yet one by one the great trees toppled and fell before his valiant strokes.Vermont|Rowland E. Robinson
Fare ye well, at home, most upright judges, and in warfare most valiant combatants.The Captiva and The Mostellaria|Plautus
British Dictionary definitions for valiant
Word Origin for valiant
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.