From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Valiant \Val"iant\, a. [OE. valiant, F. vaillant, OF. vaillant,
   valant, originally p. pr. of OF. & F. valoir to be worth, L.
   valere to be strong. See Wield, and cf. Avail,
   Convalesce, Equivalent, Prevail, Valid.]
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   1. Vigorous in body; strong; powerful; as, a valiant fencer.
      [Obs.] --Walton.
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   2. Intrepid in danger; courageous; brave.
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            A valiant and most expert gentleman.  --Shak.
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            And Saul said to David . . . be thou valiant for me,
            and fight the Lord's battles.         --1 Sam.
                                                  xviii. 17.
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   3. Performed with valor or bravery; heroic. "Thou bearest the
      highest name for valiant acts." --Milton.
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            [The saints] have made such valiant confessions.
                                                  --J. H.
      [1913 Webster] -- Val"iant*ly, adv. -- Val"iant*ness,
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