[ val-i-dik-shuhn ]
See synonyms for valediction on
  1. an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.

  2. 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

Words Nearby valediction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use valediction in a sentence

  • I gave him the usual Spanish valediction, Vaya usted con Dios, and saw no more of him.

    The Bible in Spain | George Borrow
  • Shakespeare put his valediction into the mouth of Prospero; Sophocles entrusted his to his greatest creation Oedipus.

    Authors of Greece | T. W. Lumb
  • It poured itself into one mournful, savage, sacred cry of salutation and valediction.

    The Tree of Heaven | May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for valediction


/ (ˌvælɪˈdɪkʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of saying goodbye

  2. any valedictory statement, speech, etc

Origin of valediction

C17: from Latin valedīcere, from valē farewell + dīcere to say

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