Definitions

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

  • n. Courage and boldness, as in battle; bravery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Value; worth.
  • n. Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Value; worth.
  • n. Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a man to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity.
  • n. A brave man; a man of valor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strength of mind in resisting fear and braving danger; bravery; especially, courage and skill in fighting.
  • n. Value; worth.
  • n. A man of courage; a brave man.
  • n. Synonyms Courage, gallantry. See brave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

Etymologies

Middle English valour, from Old French, from Late Latin valor, from Latin valēre, to be strong; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman and Old French valor, valur, valour, from Latin valor. Compare Spanish valor and valer. (Wiktionary)

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  • The mind of a man is capable of anything--because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, valor, rage--who can tell?--but truth, truth stripped of its cloak of time.
    -Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

    March 19, 2011

  • WIZARD
    Well, you can't. As for you, my fine
    friend -- you're a victim of disorganized
    thinking. You are under the unfortunate
    delusion that simply because you run away
    from danger, you have no courage. You're
    confusing courage with wisdom. Back where
    I come from, we have men who are called
    heroes. Once a year, they take their
    fortitude out of mothballs and parade it
    down the main street of the city. And they
    have no more courage than you have. But!
    They have one thing that you haven't got!
    A medal! Therefore -- for meritorious....
    conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous
    bravery against wicked witches, I award you
    the Triple Cross.

    June 11, 2010