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[val-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌvæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri/
bidding goodbye; saying farewell:
a valedictory speech.
of or relating to an occasion of leave-taking:
a valedictory ceremony.
noun, plural valedictories.
an address or oration delivered at the commencement exercises of a college or school on behalf of the graduating class.
any farewell address or oration.
Origin of valedictory
1645-55; < Latin valedict(us) (see valediction) + -ory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She, herself, confessed it in the valedictory words she addressed to me.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "My beliefs can matter nothing," he compromised, and made her a valedictory bow.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • And might not her letter, when it did come, be a valedictory?

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • But there his common sense left him and he made a valedictory speech.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • It was her wish that Miss Morton should be chosen to deliver the valedictory.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • A valedictory is a public farewell to a company or assembly.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • He was graduated in 1828, on which occasion he delivered the valedictory oration.

British Dictionary definitions for valedictory


/ˌvælɪˈdɪktərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a farewell address or speech
(US & Canadian) a farewell speech delivered at a graduation ceremony, usually by the most outstanding graduate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for valedictory

1650s, from Latin valedictum (past participle of valedicere; see valediction) + -ory. Valedictory address is recorded from 1779.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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