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

1275–1325; Middle English valia(u)nt < Anglo-French; Middle French vaillant, present participle of valoir to be of worth < Latin valēre; see -ant

valiantly, adverb
valiantness, noun
overvaliant, adjective
overvaliantly, adverb
overvaliantness, noun
unvaliant, adjective
unvaliantly, adverb
unvaliantness, noun

1. valorous, dauntless. See brave. Unabridged
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valiant (ˈvæljənt)
1.  courageous, intrepid, or stout-hearted; brave
2.  marked by bravery or courage: a valiant deed
[C14: from Old French vaillant, from valoir to be of value, from Latin valēre to be strong]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. valliant "stalwart, brave," from prp. of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from L. valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE base *wal- "be strong" (cf. O.E. wealdan "to rule," O.H.G. -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), O.N.
valdr "ruler," O.C.S. vlasti "to rule over," Lith. valdyti "to have power," Celt. *walos- "ruler," O.Ir. flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able").
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Example sentences
After a valiant effort, the shark still couldn't orient itself properly.
He had even fought the captain's valiant attempt at recovery.
And when he was dead all his former merits and his valiant acts were remembered.
Join to them also sturdy and valiant beggars, cloaking their idle life under
  the colour of some disease or sickness.
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