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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

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 This time, there was no valiant-but-empty comeback, no strong underdog’s effort with the fade down the stretch. Dom Amore,, "UConn men made the ‘winning plays’ to pull off upset, and other takeaways from the Huskies’ win over Florida," 18 Nov. 2019 Frozen 2 makes a valiant effort to live up to its predecessor, but can’t escape its shadow. Christian Holub,, "Frozen 2 tries its best to live up to the world-conquering original: Review," 14 Nov. 2019 Giuliani’s valiant efforts to rally a city staggered by 9/11 helped New Yorkers forget that sort of shrill bullying. Tom Robbins, Time, "Rudy Giuliani Once Fought Corruption, Now He Is Embroiled in It," 31 Oct. 2019 The win for the Tigers (7-4) came despite a valiant comeback effort from Montevallo (6-5) in the second half. Reports, al, "Birmingham HS roundup: Gardendale, Briarwood, Mortimer Jordan earn playoff wins," 9 Nov. 2019 Military Puppers The unnamed dog—a Belgian Malinois—sustained some injuries during its valiant effort to keep track of al-Baghdadi. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Meet Your New Hero: Doggo Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi," 29 Oct. 2019 The Cougars put up a valiant effort before succumbing to the No. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Late UH rally falls short in loss to No. 16 SMU," 24 Oct. 2019 The end was staved off briefly by the valiant efforts of D.J. LeMahieu, who smashed a game-tying two-run homer off Astros closer Roberto Osuna with one out in the top of the ninth inning. James Wagner, New York Times, "Altuve’s Homer Stuns Yankees and Sends Astros to World Series," 19 Oct. 2019 At this particular bingo, the tie-breaker was a twerk-off between three players who each gave their most valiant efforts. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "We Lost the Dirtybird Campout Spelling Bee and Other Festival Field Activity Reports," 8 Oct. 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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15 Dec 2019

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“Valiant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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