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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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Historical Examples
  • This is one of those Amazonian feats which prove the valour of the women of other days.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
  • There were no resources for them in emotions of valour or patriotism.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Of course the love of courtesy, valour, and learning were deeply rooted in the age, or the womans sympathy could not have existed.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • On this occasion I was decorated by the Italian Commander for valour.

  • Where should strength and valour blossom, Land of rocks, if not in thee?

    The Death of Balder Johannes Ewald
  • Give a proof of your valour, of your intrepidity, of your courage!

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • He could wait until his valour, somewhat cowed, should return again, and imbue him with a fresh impulse.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • To prove my valour, gracious lord, since thou didst desire it.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The Hindu supplies the brains and the Muhammadan the valour.

  • Still discretion might have been the best part of valour in this case.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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