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valedictorian

[val-i-dik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /ˌvæl ɪ dɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun
1.
a student, usually the one ranking highest academically in a school graduating class, who delivers the valedictory at the commencement exercises.
Origin of valedictorian
1750-1760
An Americanism dating back to 1750-60; valedictory + -an
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valedictorian

/ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
saying goodbye
2.
of or relating to a farewell or an occasion of farewell
noun
3.
(US & Canadian) a person, usually the most outstanding graduate, who delivers a farewell speech at a graduation ceremony
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Word Origin and History for valedictorian

1832 (n.), 1834 (adj.), American English, from valedictory + -ian.

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