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

Synonyms for valiant

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

Examples from the Web for valiantly

Contemporary Examples of valiantly

Historical Examples of valiantly

  • "You shall have your own boudoir upstairs," said Sidney valiantly.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But whenever he has the power, depend upon it, he will butt at one as valiantly as the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • They were confused, unwelcome thoughts, but she entertained them valiantly.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Phipps, however, held on valiantly, hoping almost against hope.


    Samuel Smiles

  • "Pooh, I shan't mind how criss-cross he is," declared Patricia valiantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

British Dictionary definitions for valiantly



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 valiantly



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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