valiant

adjective
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

valiant

noun

Definition of valiant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a valiant person

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Other Words from valiant

Adjective

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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So to best prepare, these valiant bookkeepers should check in at Santa Monica’s premier luxury beach hotel, Shutters on the Beach. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Going to the Oscars? The Best L.A. Hotels for Every Hollywood Type," 22 Feb. 2019 Despite her valiant efforts to try and recapture the true meaning of Mother's Day, the day was completely transformed from giving back to charity to giving gifts. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Mother's Day? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday," 7 Feb. 2019 The cabin rapidly depressurized, but crew members and passengers still made valiant attempts to save the woman, who ultimately became the first casualty on board a commercial flight since 2009. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 This is particularly frustrating because Baisch’s play also makes a valiant attempt to center physical connectedness — even in its most brutal manifestations — as a key to maintaining our human-ness. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "First Floor's 'Refrigerator' aims big with dystopian sci-fi story of the IceBox," 21 May 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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. SI.com, "Jupp Heynckes Claims Bayern Munich 'Dominated' Real Madrid As He Addresses Ulreich's Blackout'," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of valiant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valiant

Adjective

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of valiant

somewhat formal : having or showing courage : very brave or courageous

valiant

adjective
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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