val·​iant | \ ˈval-yənt \

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



Definition of valiant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a valiant person

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Other Words from valiant


valiantly adverb
valiantness noun

Examples of valiant in a Sentence


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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The victory required another 120-minute effort plus penalty kicks against a valiant Russian side, overcoming the hosts by being mentally stronger more than by outplaying them. Juan Pimiento,, "Belgium eliminate Brazil, England make history and the best of the World Cup weekend," 8 July 2018 Despite the valiant collective efforts of pretty much every superhero in the Marvel cinematic universe, Thanos succeeds (at great personal cost). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: Endgame," 7 Dec. 2018 Marian Catholic made a valiant attempt to extend the streak, only to finish as the runner-up in 3A. The Spartans’ reward for last season’s success is moving back up to 4A. The 3A and 4A state playoffs begin Monday. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Here are the Southland baseball teams with the best chance to win state in Class 3A and 4A," 18 May 2018 Bayern put in a valiant display at the Bernabeu, producing 20 shots to Madrid's nine, but the home side stood strong and somehow resisted the constant threat of Heynckes' side., "Jupp Heynckes Claims Bayern Munich 'Dominated' Real Madrid As He Addresses Ulreich's Blackout'," 2 May 2018 Even today, folklore remains among many Mormons to explain the ban, from Blacks being cursed with the blood of Cain being less valiant in the premortal life. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Such reports are laden with sobering statistical analysis and valiant calls for legislative action to supplement existing support. Steve Lopez,, "They're sick, traumatized, malnourished and transient — what child poverty looks like in Los Angeles," 9 June 2018 In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HDSA (Huntington's Disease Society of America), 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 in honor of her valiant battle., "Nicole Maria Duchesneau," 7 July 2018 Frank Gramling, 71, passed away March 27, 2018 at Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, Florida, after a valiant battle with Parkinson's disease., "Deaths in South Florida: 5/4," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of valiant


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valiant


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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English Language Learners Definition of valiant

: having or showing courage : very brave or courageous


val·​iant | \ ˈval-yənt \

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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