Definition of valiant in English:
- I have to say we made a valiant effort - after each set back we picked ourselves up, brushed the dirt of our knees and skated on.
- Bruno loves Sonia and makes a valiant effort to make her happy once again.
- The singer feigns ignorance, and makes a valiant if contradictory effort to keep up appearances.
Early senses included ‘robust’ and well-built’. The source is Old French vailant, based on Latin valere ‘be strong’. The sense ‘courage’ came in late Middle English. The same Latin source gives valour (Late Middle English) which at first referred to ‘worth derived from personal qualities or rank’ and later (towards the end of the 16th century) to ‘courage’, and valid (late 16th century). Via French valoir ‘be worth’ we also get value (Middle English).
- Example sentences
- As children, some of us may once have enjoyed the idea of going out in a blaze of glory in a war or a western, or while valiantly attempting some heroic deed or feat.
- He was also a man of courage, and in his last years valiantly fought the illness that would kill him.
- His neighbour had valiantly attempted to douse the fire.
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