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

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

intrepidity, spirit. See courage.

cowardice. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
valour or valor (ˈvælə)
courage or bravery, esp in battle
[C15: from Late Latin valor, from valēre to be strong]
valor or valor
[C15: from Late Latin valor, from valēre to be strong]
'valorous or valor
'valorously or valor

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "value, worth," from O.Fr. valour "strength, value, valor," from L.L. valorem (nom. valor) "value, worth," from stem of L. valere "be worth, be strong" (see valiant). The meaning "courage" is first recorded 1581, from It. valore, from the same L.L. word. (The M.E.
word also had a sense of "worth or worthiness in respect of manly qualities").
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Idioms & Phrases


see discretion is the better part of valor.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
They paid unabashed homage to anyone who displayed valor.
As military technology becomes more and more advanced, there is less room for
  valor on the battlefield.
They dedicated monuments to their valor on spots where they fought.
The winning gladiator collected prizes that might include a palm of victory,
  cash and a crown for special valor.
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