valor

noun val·or \ ˈva-lər \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of valor

: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery

Examples of valor in a Sentence

  1. The soldiers received the nation's highest award for valor.

  2. the absence of indecision even in the face of death is the true mark of valor

Recent Examples of valor from the Web

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When Should You Use valor?

Valor in uniform is still rewarded by medals. Many American civic organizations award a Medal of Valor for physical courage, and the Air Force Medal of Honor displays the single word "Valor". The somewhat old-fashioned adjective valorous more often describes warriors of the past. But valiant is still in common use, though it less often describes military courage than other kinds of bravery or effort.

Origin and Etymology of valor

Middle English valour "worth, worthiness, bravery," borrowed from Anglo-French valor, valur, inherited or borrowed from early Medieval Latin valor, from Latin val- (stem of validus "in good health, robust, having legal authority," valēre "to be well, have strength") + -or, noun suffix — more at valid, wield



VALOR Defined for English Language Learners

valor

noun

Definition of valor for English Language Learners

  • : courage or bravery


VALOR Defined for Kids

valor

noun val·or \ ˈva-lər \

Definition of valor for Students

: courage
  • … the strange dog, no matter what the breed or valor, swiftly acknowledged Buck's supremacy …
  • —Jack London, The Call of the Wild


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