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

Adjective 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 Smith led a valiant effort Sunday night, but until Russell Wilson comes back from his finger injury, Seattle doesn’t have much of a chance to make the playoffs. C.j. Doon,, 19 Oct. 2021 Hani, in her first leading role, plays the group member determined to make one last valiant effort at success. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Auburn’s defensive line had a valiant effort, at least for a half. Tom Green |, al, 10 Oct. 2021 The Dragons prevailed in a tight third set despite a valiant effort from Nora Schulze, Lilly Steiner, and the rest of the Harborwomen (6-1)., 27 Sep. 2021 Alas, just like in last year's Wild Card round, the Colts come up three points short against the Bills despite a valiant effort. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Sep. 2021 Organizations that adopt a laissez-faire approach and expect that coaching will naturally take root after a successful pilot inevitably destine the previous valiant efforts to come to naught. Thomas Lim, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Cannes was the first major festival to offer more than just outdoor screenings (though the Berlinale and Tribeca made valiant efforts to present plein-air alternatives to the public). Peter Debruge, Variety, 16 Sep. 2021 On one hand, Lauser and her teammates have taken a star turn; Lapid's sister, who is a filmmaker, has collected footage from the recent tournament and is piecing together a documentary about the team and its valiant fight. Matt Villano, CNN, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On their initiative, reconciliation was successfully used for the first time in 1980 in a valiant (though unsuccessful) attempt to balance the budget by cutting $8 billion in spending. Philip Wallach, National Review, 8 Apr. 2021 Sunil Dowarkasing, a former government minister, called the effort valiant, but said oil had spread as far up the island’s eastern coast as Ile aux Cerfs, a popular resort island. Max Bearak, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2020

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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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“Valiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of valiant

: 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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