- bidding goodbye; saying farewell: a valedictory speech.
- of or relating to an occasion of leave-taking: a valedictory ceremony.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for valedictory
Lou's valedictory has been acclaimed, without sarcasm, as baseball's Gettysburg Address.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
The congresswoman ended her valedictory to a man she described as “our icon” by saying “Michael Jackson, I salute you.”The Constitution Is 400 Years Old and More Pearls From Sheila Jackson Lee
March 13, 2014
This concession speech was both a tribute to his opponent and a valedictory to his lifetime of service to the country.A Speech to Make the World Stop
November 5, 2008
She, herself, confessed it in the valedictory words she addressed to me.The Strolling Saint
"My beliefs can matter nothing," he compromised, and made her a valedictory bow.The Lion's Skin
And might not her letter, when it did come, be a valedictory?The Lure of the Mask
But there his common sense left him and he made a valedictory speech.The Opal Serpent
It was her wish that Miss Morton should be chosen to deliver the valedictory.Madge Morton's Victory
Amy D.V. Chalmers
- a farewell address or speech
- US and Canadian a farewell speech delivered at a graduation ceremony, usually by the most outstanding graduate
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Word Origin and History for valedictory
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