salutatorian

[ suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr- ]
/ səˌlu təˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr- /
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noun

(in some U.S. schools and colleges) the student ranking second highest in the graduating class, who delivers the salutatory at commencement.

Nearby words

  1. saluretic,
  2. salus,
  3. salus populi suprema lex esto,
  4. salutary,
  5. salutation,
  6. salutatorium,
  7. salutatory,
  8. salute,
  9. salutiferous,
  10. salv.

Origin of salutatorian

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; salutatory + -an

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Word Origin and History for salutatorian

salutatorian

n.

1841, American English, from salutatory "of the nature of a salutation," here in the specific sense "designating the welcoming address given at a college commencement" (1702) + -ian. The address was originally usually in Latin and given by the second-ranking graduating student.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper