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


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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But Thede and company are ready to make a valiant attempt all while getting weird. Clarkisha Kent,, "A Black Lady Sketch Show has arrived to smash glass ceilings and do 'weird s---'," 2 Aug. 2019 Jepsen sang the global earworm while bathed in pink lights as the crowd yelled the words back to her in what seemed like a valiant attempt to ward off the Sunday Scaries. Teta Alim, Washington Post, "Carly Rae Jepsen shows Fillmore crowd how to live in the moment," 22 July 2019 If the reception for Rory McIlroy after his valiant attempt to make the cut Friday had been emotional, the wall of noise that greeted Lowry was thunderous and jubilant. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Shane Lowry clinches Claret Jug for first major title," 21 July 2019 Despite valiant attempts at par-saving putts, Woods couldn’t make up for a short approach on No. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Is dramatic comeback in Tiger Woods’ weekend plans at U.S. Open?," 14 June 2019 Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial., "Tidewater Players celebrates 40th year with ‘A Few Good Men’," 9 Sep. 2019 The Seagulls were valiant in defence, but were unable to prevent Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond earning all three points with goals in the second half., "Leandro Trossard Admits VAR Introduction Has Affected His Immediate Celebration of Goals," 26 Aug. 2019 With the Seminoles trailing late in the game 39-34, Jace Galvez put up a valiant effort to give his club an opportunity to steal the contest as his layup gave them a 41-39 lead. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City Optimist Youth Basketball League crowns Hurricanes as Sophomore Division champions," 22 Aug. 2019 The failures of the pitching staff overshadowed the Angels’ valiant effort against Rangers starter Mike Minor. Los Angeles Times, "Angels blow lead and lose to Rangers in walk-off fashion again," 21 Aug. 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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The first known use of valiant was in the 14th century

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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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