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[val-er] /ˈvæl ər/
boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery:
a medal for valor.
Also, especially British, valour.
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
intrepidity, spirit. See courage.
cowardice. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • It was much the better part of valor to rest their case on safety and they have my genuine sympathy.
  • Rather contend for valor with the brave, than for wealth with the rich, or in rapaciousness with the covetous.
  • They have no cause to feel proud of the valor of our sea-captains, of the renown of our flag.
  • One can't help but wish for more-more valor, more moral certainty-from one's leaders.
  • There are scenes of valor and camaraderie to be celebrated.
  • Every one of them, in war, would have received medals for valor.
British Dictionary definitions for valor


courage or bravery, esp in battle
Derived Forms
valorous, adjective
valorously, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin valor, from valēre to be strong
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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").

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