valiant


1val·iant

adjective \ˈval-yənt\

: having or showing courage : very brave or courageous

Full Definition of VALIANT

1
:  possessing or acting with bravery or boldness :  courageous <valiant soldiers>
2
:  marked by, exhibiting, or carried out with courage or determination :  heroic <valiant feats>
val·iant·ly adverb
val·iant·ness noun

Examples of VALIANT

  1. She died last year after a valiant battle with cancer.
  2. Despite their valiant efforts, they lost the game.
  3. She made a valiant attempt to fix the problem.

Origin of VALIANT

Middle English vailant, valiant, from Anglo-French vaillant worthy, strong, courageous, from present participle of valer to be of worth, from Latin valēre to be strong — more at wield
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to VALIANT

Synonyms
bold, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, gutty, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, brave, valorous
Antonyms
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, coward, cowardly, craven, dastardly, fainthearted, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], nerveless, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, spineless, spiritless, timorous, uncourageous, ungallant, unheroic, weakhearted, yellow

2valiant

noun

Definition of VALIANT

:  a valiant person

First Known Use of VALIANT

1589

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