I. adjective Etymology: Middle English vailant, valiant, from Anglo-French vaillant worthy, strong, courageous, from present participle of valer to be of worth, from Latin valēre to be strong — more at wield Date: 14th century 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
valiantly adverbvaliantness noun II. noun Date: 1589 a valiant person

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