val·​iant | \ˈval-yənt \

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


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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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., "Jupp Heynckes Claims Bayern Munich 'Dominated' Real Madrid As He Addresses Ulreich's Blackout'," 2 May 2018 Even today, folklore remains among many Mormons to explain the ban, from Blacks being cursed with the blood of Cain being less valiant in the premortal life. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Such reports are laden with sobering statistical analysis and valiant calls for legislative action to supplement existing support. Steve Lopez,, "They're sick, traumatized, malnourished and transient — what child poverty looks like in Los Angeles," 9 June 2018 In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HDSA (Huntington's Disease Society of America), 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 in honor of her valiant battle., "Nicole Maria Duchesneau," 7 July 2018 Frank Gramling, 71, passed away March 27, 2018 at Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, Florida, after a valiant battle with Parkinson's disease., "Deaths in South Florida: 5/4," 4 May 2018 In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but ultimately futile battle against Nazi forces. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Fake service animals become illegal; craft coffee in Old Town Peoria, and another Babbo Italian opens in Valley," 19 Apr. 2018 Despite a valiant effort by Jonathan Lozada’s friends to reach him, the 16-year old Providence teenager drowned on Sunday, authorities said. Sophia Eppolito,, "16-year-old victim in North Attleborough drowning identified," 9 July 2018 Norris, the 2016 record-setter and a world-class cross-country skier, reigns as king of the mountain despite a valiant effort by King, a Mount Marathon rookie with an outstanding running resume. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With an elite competitor hot on his heels, Anchorage’s David Norris takes back men’s Mount Marathon title," 5 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of valiant

: having or showing courage : very brave or courageous


val·​iant | \ˈval-yənt \

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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