Definition of valour in English:


(US valor)


mass noun
  • Great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.

    ‘the medals are awarded for acts 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.’
    • ‘This was truly an inspiring example of Indigenous courage, valor, honor, gallantry and self-sacrifice.’
    • ‘Knighthood was given for displays of valour and courage, and he would need more experience to be in the position for that.’
    • ‘In combat, individual exploits and personal valor are important, but team effort wins the fight.’
    • ‘The land has a fascinating history of valour and chivalry.’
    • ‘He displayed great valour, courage and determination in the pursuit of his goal.’
    • ‘Just reciting the names conjures up the romantic side of Scottish history, peppered with acts of valour, loyalty, derring-do and occasional folly.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Common sense then overcame valour as Bill called the police who, in turn, contacted the local snake catcher who duly arrived with his equipment.’
    • ‘You displayed uncommon courage and valor.’
    • ‘The two hostages of the escape attempt received medals of valour and were credited by the local press for thwarting the escape.’
    • ‘He then fought in World War I and earned many awards for his valor and bravery.’
    • ‘Though Trench was deferential to authority he was also a man of valour.’
    • ‘He served with honor and distinction in Vietnam, earning several medals for his courage and valor.’
    • ‘The young girls made a remarkable display of vigour and valour.’
    • ‘In men, the scars often indicate social standing or physical ordeals of individual valour.’
    • ‘Some devotees utilise temple festivals to demonstrate their valour.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Middle English (denoting worth derived from personal qualities or rank): via Old French from late Latin valor, from valere ‘be strong’.