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adjective val·iant \ ˈval-yənt \

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

valiantly

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valiantness

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Examples of valiant in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

valiant Synonyms

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
Related Words
determined, firm, game, gamy (or gamey), gritty, plucky, resolute, Spartan, undeterred, undismayed, unflinching, unswerving; mettlesome, spirited, spunky; adventuresome, adventurous, audacious, daring, dashing, hardy, venturesome, venturous; crazy, foolish, half-witted, insane, lunatic, mad, nutty; brash, brazen, daredevil, foolhardy, heedless, hotheaded, impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, madcap, overbold, overconfident, rash, reckless, thoughtless, wild; hasty, headlong, precipitate; comforted, emboldened, encouraged, heartened, reassured, unafraid
Near Antonyms
diffident, mousy (or mousey), scary, shy, skittish, timid; anxious, apprehensive, nervous; careful, cautious, heedful, prudent, unadventurous; afraid, agitated, disconcerted, disquieted, disturbed, frightened, horrified, panicked, panic-stricken, perturbed, scared, shocked, spooked, startled, terrified, terrorized, unnerved, upset; appalled, concerned, dismayed, worried; unmanly, weak, wimpy

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valiant

noun

Definition of valiant

:a valiant person

First Known Use of valiant

1589


VALIANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of valiant for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing courage : very brave or courageous


VALIANT Defined for Kids

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adjective val·iant \ ˈval-yənt \

Definition of valiant for Students

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

valiantly

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  • “… 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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