valiant

adjective
val·​iant | \ ˈval-yənt How to pronounce valiant (audio) \

Definition of valiant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

valiant

noun

Definition of valiant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a valiant person

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Other Words from valiant

Adjective

valiantly adverb
valiantness noun

Examples of valiant in a Sentence

Adjective She died last year after a valiant battle with cancer. Despite their valiant efforts, they lost the game. She made a valiant attempt to fix the problem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Iowa State made a valiant comeback effort to try to end that streak. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Oklahoma downs Iowa State for 6th straight Big 12 title, keeps slim College Football Playoff hopes alive," 19 Dec. 2020 The New Orleans Saints played their worst 30 minutes of football this season to start their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and their valiant effort to make up for that in the second half fell short in a 24-21 loss. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "What we learned, what's trending and final thoughts from the Saints surprising Philly flop," 13 Dec. 2020 The Browns defense also gave a valiant effort despite being without starting cornerback Denzel Ward (calf) and starting safety Ronnie Harrison (shoulder). cleveland, "Baker Mayfield throws 4 first-half TDs in 41-35 win over Titans as Browns move to 9-3 for first time since 1994," 6 Dec. 2020 With three seconds left in the game and a shot at overtime 58 yards away, junior kicker Cameron Dicker gave a valiant effort that fluttered just a few inches outside of the left upright. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns Extra Points: No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20," 27 Nov. 2020 The second, an adult female, calmly investigated her new surroundings, but later became stressed and, despite valiant efforts by veterinarians and cetacean care experts, suffered cardiac failure. Carolyn Cowan, Smithsonian Magazine, "Vaquita Genome Offers Hope for Species’ Survival," 9 Nov. 2020 But the act of cooking also served as a delicious distraction: even the dreariest days of lockdown could be brightened by a valiant attempt at an extravagant dinner; our deep, persistent worries temporarily quelled by pretty pastries and pies. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The 19 Best Cookbooks to Give the Chic Chef This Holiday Season," 11 Nov. 2020 Newgarden won the season finale, using a spectacular two-car pass for the lead in a valiant effort to win a second consecutive title. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "Josef Newgarden wins IndyCar finale in St. Petersburg but can’t deny Scott Dixon 6th season title," 25 Oct. 2020 Newgarden won the season finale, using a spectacular two-car pass for the lead in a valiant effort to win a second consecutive title. Jenna Fryer, SFChronicle.com, "Josef Newgarden wins IndyCar finale but can’t deny Scott Dixon 6th title," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sunil Dowarkasing, a former government minister, called the effort valiant, but said oil had spread as far up the island’s eastern coast as Ile aux Cerfs, a popular resort island. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Rough seas are hampering response to Mauritius ship leak; oil spill reaches 1,000 tons," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of valiant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valiant

Adjective

Middle English vailant, valiant, borrowed from Anglo-French vaillant "worthy, strong, courageous," from present participle of valer "to be of worth," going back to Latin valēre "to have strength, be well" — more at wield

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The first known use of valiant was in the 14th century

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Valiant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valiant. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for valiant

valiant

adjective
How to pronounce valiant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of valiant

somewhat formal : having or showing courage : very brave or courageous

valiant

adjective
val·​iant | \ ˈval-yənt How to pronounce valiant (audio) \

Kids Definition of valiant

1 : boldly brave valiant knights
2 : done with courage : heroic

Other Words from valiant

valiantly adverb “… his house was invaded by a hundred spirits. He valiantly seized a broom to fight them off …” — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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