from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing valor; brave.
  • adj. Marked by or done with valor. See Synonyms at brave.
  • n. A brave person.

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  • adj. Showing courage or determination; heroic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Vigorous in body; strong; powerful.
  • adj. Intrepid in danger; courageous; brave.
  • adj. Performed with valor or bravery; heroic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strong; vigorous in body; sturdy; also, strong or powerful in a more general sense.
  • Of a certain worth or value. Compare strong.
  • Brave; courageous; intrepid in danger; puissant.
  • Performed with valor; bravely conducted; heroic: as, a valiant action or achievement; a valiant combat.
  • Hence Brave; splendid.
  • Of or pertaining to a brave or valiant man or valiant men.
  • Synonyms and Gallant, Courageous, etc. (see brave), valorous, daring, dauntless, stout.
  • n. A valiant person.

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  • adj. having or showing valor


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French vaillant, from Latin valēns, valent-, present participle of valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.

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Old French vailant, from Latin valens, from valere 'to be strong'.


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  • valiant is the definition of the name Riley.

    September 10, 2007