[val-i-dik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-]
- a student, usually the one ranking highest academically in a school graduating class, who delivers the valedictory at the commencement exercises.
Origin of valedictorian
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Examples from the Web for valedictorian
He had been valedictorian at his high school and was a student at the University of Pennsylvania.The Murder Trial Next Door: Drew Peterson vs. Christopher Vaughn
September 5, 2012
Chan attended Quincy High School in Massachusetts and graduated as valedictorian in 2003.
She was no longer ashamed of having been chosen 20 as valedictorian.Madge Morton's Victory
Amy D.V. Chalmers
Jim had won his fight, he had more than won, for he was valedictorian of his class.The Preacher of Cedar Mountain
Ernest Thompson Seton
A valedictorian couldn't answer a question on a Freshman's paper?Over the Plum Pudding
John Kendrick Bangs
As valedictorian, Lucy Warner was the only one of them to be publicly heard.
As valedictorian, Lucy was living in a maze of proud happiness.
- saying goodbye
- of or relating to a farewell or an occasion of farewell
- US and Canadian a person, usually the most outstanding graduate, who delivers a farewell speech at a graduation ceremony
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Word Origin and History for valedictorian
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