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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ja Morant scored 29 points as the Grizzlies overcame a valiant effort from Jeff Teague (26 points in a starting role) to hold off the Celtics, 132-126, in overtime Monday night at Memphis. BostonGlobe.com, "Shorthanded Celtics fall to Grizzlies in overtime, and other observations," 22 Mar. 2021 The Hilltoppers made a valiant effort and managed to take the lead in the second half, but couldn’t finish the deal. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky collapses in Conference USA championship, hopes of NCAA Tournament likely dashed," 14 Mar. 2021 But for all the coverage of things that didn’t work, there have been valiant efforts everywhere to keep each other safe. Scott Gottlieb And Mark Mcclellan, WSJ, "The Road to Reopening Won’t Be a Straight Line," 7 Mar. 2021 As valiant as those efforts are, they’re doomed to fail. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "What if the Web Looked More Like Wikipedia?," 15 Jan. 2021 Instead of another valiant push, a few untimely defensive mistakes and empty possessions at the other end dashed any hopes of that. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers end 2020 in fitting fashion, lose second straight to Indiana Pacers, 119-99," 31 Dec. 2020 But to different groups of people, each will appear valiant in the same way. New York Times, "The Tactic of Our Time: Sound Urgent, Be Incomprehensible," 17 Dec. 2020 Captain Seaborn, proudly recounting the outer world’s valiant deeds of conquest, unwittingly horrifies them. Paul Collins, The New Yorker, "A Quest to Discover America’s First Science-Fiction Writer," 28 Nov. 2020 The Carters' valiant ambition is to make a cultural statement by becoming the first Black head coaches to win the Open Division title. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Desert Edge's Carter twins want to be first Black head coaches to win Open Division title," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On their initiative, reconciliation was successfully used for the first time in 1980 in a valiant (though unsuccessful) attempt to balance the budget by cutting $8 billion in spending. Philip Wallach, National Review, "The Perils of Making Reconciliation a Filibuster Workaround," 8 Apr. 2021 Sunil Dowarkasing, a former government minister, called the effort valiant, but said oil had spread as far up the island’s eastern coast as Ile aux Cerfs, a popular resort island. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Rough seas are hampering response to Mauritius ship leak; oil spill reaches 1,000 tons," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of valiant was in the 14th century

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“Valiant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valiant. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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