boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal for valor.

Nearby words

  1. valmiki,
  2. valois,
  3. valois, dame ninette de,
  4. valona,
  5. valonia,
  6. valorization,
  7. valorize,
  8. valorous,
  9. valorously,
  10. valour

Also especially British, val·our.

Origin of valor

1350–1400; Middle English valo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French valeur < Late Latin valōr-, stem of valor worth, equivalent to Latin val(ēre) to be of worth + -or -or1

Synonym study

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

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Word Origin and History for valor



c.1300, "value, worth," from Old French valour "strength, value, valor," from Late Latin valorem (nominative valor) "value, worth," from stem of Latin valere "be worth, be strong" (see valiant). The meaning "courage" is first recorded 1580s, from Italian valore, from the same Late Latin word. (The Middle English word also had a sense of "worth or worthiness in respect of manly qualities").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with valor


see discretion is the better part of valor.

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