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

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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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In the end, there's little disputing that the better team–though not necessarily the most valiant–won on the balance of the night. Avi Creditor,, "Extra-Time Penalty Call Sends Mexico By Haiti to Gold Cup Final," 3 July 2019 Fast-moving molecules are the enemy of cold things, and keeping these molecules at bay is the valiant ambition of all coolers—the best ones take full advantage of the laws of physics to maximize their power. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019 Known and feared for their effervescent attack, the Americans were forced to sweat Monday in thwarting Spain’s valiant upset bid and securing a quarterfinal place against France on Friday. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "USWNT gets its first taste of vulnerability ahead of its biggest World Cup test yet," 25 June 2019 Despite valiant campaigns by more moderate candidates, Mr Johnson is the person to beat in the members’ vote. The Economist, "Which Boris would Britain get?," 20 June 2019 Golden State re-signed him to a bargain one-year deal last summer, but his impressive pick-and-roll defense and his valiant effort to play through a chest injury during the Finals should earn him a nice bump. Ben Golliver,, "There’s more to this NBA free agency than superstars," 25 June 2019 To start things off, Meyers impressively downed a shot and a full beer, while Rihanna gave a valiant effort to match his chugging. Rachel Yang,, "Watch Rihanna give Seth Meyers a makeover and sex advice while day drinking on Late Night," 21 June 2019 Despite chef Angoli’s valiant efforts, I’m still not convinced of beer’s ultimate food-worthiness. Paul Hodgins,, "Adult Beverages: Beer makes inroads into wine’s world, with mixed results," 6 June 2019 Daniels had to expose Finch’s moral flaws, rather than imitate the valiant figure Gregory Peck played in the 1962 movie version of Harper Lee’s novel (published two years before it was adapted to film). Myles Tanzer, WSJ, "How Jeff Daniels Mastered the Role of Atticus Finch," 13 May 2019

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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

somewhat formal : 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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