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valiant

[val-yuh nt] /ˈvæl yənt/
adjective
1.
boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted:
a valiant soldier.
2.
marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic:
to make a valiant effort.
3.
worthy; excellent.
Origin of valiant
1275-1325
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
valiantly, adverb
valiantness, noun
overvaliant, adjective
overvaliantly, adverb
overvaliantness, noun
unvaliant, adjective
unvaliantly, adverb
unvaliantness, noun
Synonyms
1. valorous, dauntless. See brave.
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  • Their vessel by the river / they left without a guard, As thus the valiant heroes / rode undaunted castleward.

  • I have seen them fight too often not to know that they are very hardy and valiant gentlemen.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In course of time the valiant Swedes were obliged to give way before their enemy.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton
  • But they are simple-hearted and valiant servants of their Master.

  • Of course the new comers were fully armed, but, nothing daunted, the valiant Shawanoe assailed them.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for valiant

valiant

/ˈvæljənt/
adjective
1.
courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
2.
marked by bravery or courage: a valiant deed
Derived Forms
valiance, valiancy, noun
valiantly, adverb
Word Origin
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
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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