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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Val·iant a.
 1. Vigorous in body; strong; powerful; as, a valiant fencer. [Obs.]
 2. Intrepid in danger; courageous; brave.
    A valiant and most expert gentleman.   --Shak.
    And Saul said to David . . . be thou valiant for me, and fight the Lord's battles.   --1 Sam. xviii. 17.
 3. Performed with valor or bravery; heroic. “Thou bearest the highest name for valiant acts.”
    [The saints] have made such valiant confessions.   --J. H. Newman.
 -- Val*iant*ly, adv. -- Val*iant*ness, n.