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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.
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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Examples from the web for valour
  • Sometimes, after all, discretion really is the better part of valour.
  • And great kingship was built on the effective display of martial valour.
  • Usually, self-preservation overcomes valour, and towns and villages fall without a fight.
  • It is no answer to cite the reputed valour of all the modern warriors who are so scientifically trained.
  • Nor does what they utter, so much seem to be singing as the voice and exertion of valour.
  • What they looked to enjoy were the fruits of their own valour and foresight.
British Dictionary definitions for valour


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 valour

chiefly British English spelling of valor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



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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