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

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 Despite the valiant effort of the Vikings, Lakota East snared the road win. Scott Springer,, "Lakota East manufactures a win over Princeton to hold serve in GMC basketball," 8 Feb. 2020 Carol fought a valiant battle, but succumbed to the complications associated with lung cancer on Friday June 14, 2019 in Altamonte Springs, Florida., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/18," 18 June 2019 The Heat big man gave a valiant effort, but couldn’t quite beat Mills to the loose ball. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs get back in win column at Miami’s expense," 19 Jan. 2020 The Blazers put up a valiant effort, but still walked away with a 120-112 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center Friday, their first loss in three games. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "CJ McCollum sprains ankle in Portland Trail Blazers’ 120-112 loss to Dallas Mavericks: Game rewind," 18 Jan. 2020 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

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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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“Valiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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