[val-i-dik-shuh n]


an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.
an utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory.

Origin of valediction

1605–15; < Latin valedictiōn- (stem of valedictiō), equivalent to valedict(us), past participle of valedīcere (vale farewell + dictus, past participle of dīcere to say) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for valediction

Contemporary Examples of valediction

Historical Examples of valediction

  • Sir John looked across at Lionel again—a glance of valediction.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It may now be read as my parting address and valediction, made to my friends.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • And no doubt the poor girls heart jumped to the valediction.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • "I never remember sich a evenin', my dear," was Mrs. Stitchley's valediction.

    Mrs. Bindle

    Hebert Jenkins

  • Cleve, forgetting any form of valediction, passed into the shop.

    The Tenants of Malory

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

British Dictionary definitions for valediction



the act or an instance of saying goodbye
any valedictory statement, speech, etc

Word Origin for valediction

C17: from Latin valedīcere, from valē farewell + dīcere to say
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for valediction

1610s, from past participle stem of Latin valedicere "bid farewell," from vale, imperative of valere "be well" (see valiant) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper