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
The soldiers received the nation's highest award for valor.
the absence of indecision even in the face of death is the true mark of valor
Recent Examples of valor from the Web
Bronze stars were for exceptional valor and oak leaf clusters signified the person had sustained serious combat wounds.
Mayor Gary Starr noted May 29 would have been John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday and paid tribute to Kennedy's valor.
Brooks and his supporters in the South saw the incident as an act of great valor, as the historian Manisha Shinha writes.
The valor of separatism, after all, is our founding myth.
A trailer for Nation’s Pride, a phony movie celebrating the valor of a Third Reich hero, is making the rounds now to build buzz for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of valor for English Language Learners
: courage or bravery
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