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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Yes, this is a different Denver from the past (a city, by the way, that was not designed or built for cyclists), and the city appears to be making a valiant effort to be more cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Can the Denver City Council clear the air? (8/18/19)," 18 Aug. 2019 Netflix reportedly made a valiant effort to keep the show, spending $80 to $100 million to keep the series for 2019, according to the outlet. Tara Law, Time, "Friends Won't Be There for You on Netflix Starting in 2020," 9 July 2019 The clothing doesn’t only communicate ideology: consumers are also called to action, through symbols and messaging about valiant quests, heroic engagement, restoration of the nation, sacred land and heritage, and legends about Aryan origins. La'nita Johnson, Quartz, "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising," 30 July 2019 OpenAI was founded less than four years ago as a valiant stand against the idea that powerful new technology must inevitably be controlled by giant corporations. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "How OpenAI, Founded to Keep Powerful A.I. Out of Corporate Hands, Got Into Bed With Microsoft," 24 July 2019 With no bench available for Team Arauz, the players on Team Hannaway made a valiant comeback that had them cut the deficit to 49-47. Emmett Hall,, "Team Arauz heading to playoffs with winning momentum," 11 July 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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