• WordNet 3.6
    • n valour the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle) "he showed great heroism in battle","he received a medal for valor"
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Valour val′ur intrepidity: courage: bravery
    • ***


Discretion is the better part of valour - This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. valour—Low L. valor—L. valēre, to be strong.


In literature:

This man had fought at Cannae with conspicuous valour, and had slain many Carthaginians.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
For a moment I hesitated, burning to defend my valour before mademoiselle.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
In the pursuit towards Gavardo, Bonaparte's old friend, Junot, distinguished himself by his dashing valour.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
What valour is 't to slay the slain?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Such-like things also Finn taught to all his followers, and the best of them became like himself in valour and gentleness and generosity.
"The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland" by T. W. Rolleston
But after his death, in 1194, the Anglo-Normans had little to apprehend from native valour.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Surely thy valour would melt at the clash of swords and the voice of the drum?
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Although the valour of the unfortunate James II.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Born in a race noted for its valour, one that is without valour is scarcely worthy of regard.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
IV.v.79 (108,1) Valour and pride excel themselves in Hector] Shakespeare's thought is not exactly deduced.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

"Sir Eldred?" -- Ardolph loud exclaim'd,
"Renown'd for worth and power?
For valour and for virtue famed,
Sir Eldred of the Bower?
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Rock'd in the cradle of alarms,
Nurs'd in the school where glory's won,
Rejoicing in the din of arms,
Soon Valour bail'd her darling son:
"On The Death Of Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby. Killed At The Battle Of Alexandria, In Egypt, Marc" by Hector MacNeill
``But in my People's wisdom will I share,
And in their valour play a helpful part,
Lending them still, in all they do or dare,
My woman's heart.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
Would we might see the wistful morn
Win courage as she gilds the corn,
And watch the evening's valour die
Like an enchanted memory
As darkness comes and hides the corn.
"A Song Out Of Oxfordshire" by Ethel Clifford
Could Strength or Valour men Immortalize,
Could Wealth or Honour keep them from decay,
There were some cause the same to Idolize,
And give the lye to that which I do say.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
O Hound, so famed for deeds of valour doing,
'Twas not thy place my death to give to me;
Thine is the fault of my most certain ruin,
And yet 'tis best to have my blood on thee.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Love, Valour , And Passion: The Bridge Project.
The Victoria Cross Medals of Valour Road recipients Corporal Lionel Clarke, Sergeant Major Frederick Hall and Lieutenant Robert Shankland are displayed after the unveiling of the medals at the National War Museum in Ottawa.
The Valour Patriots defence stands its ground in the MMFA bantam championship game against the St Vital Mustangs.

In science:

This was only to show that they had the valour and the war spirit in their everyday life. (ref.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)