Valor Val"or, n. [OE. valour, OF. valor, valur, valour, F. valeur, LL. valor, fr. L. valere to be strong, or worth. See {Valiant}.] [Written also {valour}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Value; worth. [Obs.] ``The valor of a penny.'' --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

2. Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a man to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity. [1913 Webster]

For contemplation he and valor formed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

When valor preys on reason, It eats the sword it fights with. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Fear to do base, unworthy things is valor. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. A brave man; a man of valor. [R.] --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Courage; heroism; bravery; gallantry; boldness; fearlessness. See {Courage}, and {Heroism}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • valour — British English spelling of VALOR (Cf. valor) (q.v.); for spelling, see OR (Cf. or) …   Etymology dictionary

  • valour — is spelt our in BrE and as valor in AmE. The corresponding adjective is spelt valorous in both varieties …   Modern English usage

  • valour — (US valor) ► NOUN ▪ courage in the face of danger. DERIVATIVES valorous adjective. ORIGIN Latin valor, from valere be strong …   English terms dictionary

  • valour — n. BE; AE spelling: valor 1) to demonstrate, display, show valour 2) uncommon valour 3) (misc.) the better part of valour * * * [ vælə] display show valour (misc.) the better part of valour to demonstrate uncommon valour …   Combinatory dictionary

  • valour — (BrE) (AmE valor) noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, uncommon (AmE) ▪ a soldier famed for his great valour VERB + VALOUR/VALOR ▪ demonstrate (esp. AmE), exhibit …   Collocations dictionary

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