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



Definition of valiant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a valiant person

Other Words from valiant


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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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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“Valiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of valiant

: having or showing courage : very brave or courageous


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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