valedictorian

[ val-i-dik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr- ]
/ ˌvæl ɪ dɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr- /
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noun

a student, usually the one ranking highest academically in a school graduating class, who delivers the valedictory at the commencement exercises.

Nearby words

  1. valdés, armando palacio,
  2. vale,
  3. vale of glamorgan,
  4. valediction,
  5. valediction forbidding mourning, a,
  6. valedictory,
  7. valence,
  8. valence band,
  9. valence electron,
  10. valence electrons

Origin of valedictorian

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60; valedictory + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for valedictorian

valedictorian

/ (ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːrɪən) /

adjective also: valedictory

saying goodbye
of or relating to a farewell or an occasion of farewell

noun

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

valedictorian

1832 (n.), 1834 (adj.), American English, from valedictory + -ian.

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