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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for valiantly

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 valiantly

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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