Definition of valor in English:


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(British valour)
  • Great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.

    ‘the medals are awarded for acts of valor’
    • ‘This was truly an inspiring example of Indigenous courage, valor, honor, gallantry and self-sacrifice.’
    • ‘He displayed great valour, courage and determination in the pursuit of his goal.’
    • ‘He served with honor and distinction in Vietnam, earning several medals for his courage and valor.’
    • ‘Knighthood was given for displays of valour and courage, and he would need more experience to be in the position for that.’
    • ‘You displayed uncommon courage and valor.’
    • ‘We are at the time of year when we commemorate the great valour shown in the Battle of Britain.’
    • ‘Although mortally wounded in this display of valor, his intrepid act saved five men from death or serious injury.’
    • ‘Just reciting the names conjures up the romantic side of Scottish history, peppered with acts of valour, loyalty, derring-do and occasional folly.’
    • ‘He then fought in World War I and earned many awards for his valor and bravery.’
    • ‘In men, the scars often indicate social standing or physical ordeals of individual valour.’
    • ‘In combat, individual exploits and personal valor are important, but team effort wins the fight.’
    • ‘The company honours them with a public recognition and a cash award with a silver medal of valour, certificate and a citation.’
    • ‘How should the nation honour their valour 60 years on?’
    • ‘The two hostages of the escape attempt received medals of valour and were credited by the local press for thwarting the escape.’
    • ‘The land has a fascinating history of valour and chivalry.’
    • ‘Common sense then overcame valour as Bill called the police who, in turn, contacted the local snake catcher who duly arrived with his equipment.’
    • ‘Though Trench was deferential to authority he was also a man of valour.’
    • ‘Each plaque tells the story of a life lost to selfless civilian valour, be it by drowning, through fire or as a result of some obscure industrial accident.’
    • ‘The young girls made a remarkable display of vigour and valour.’
    • ‘Some devotees utilise temple festivals to demonstrate their valour.’
    bravery, courage, fearlessness, courageousness, braveness, intrepidity, intrepidness, pluck, pluckiness, nerve, backbone, spine, heroism, stout-heartedness, manliness, manfulness, audacity, boldness, gallantry, daring, spirit, fortitude, mettle, dauntlessness, doughtiness, hardihood



/ˈvalər/ /ˈvælər/


Middle English (denoting worth derived from personal qualities or rank): via Old French from late Latin valor, from valere ‘be strong’.