[ val-i-dik-tuh-ree ]
/ ˌvæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri /


bidding goodbye; saying farewell: a valedictory speech.
of or relating to an occasion of leave-taking: a valedictory ceremony.

noun, plural val·e·dic·to·ries.

an address or oration delivered at the commencement exercises of a college or school on behalf of the graduating class.
any farewell address or oration.

Origin of valedictory

1645–55; < Latin valedict(us) (see valediction) + -ory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for valedictory

/ (ˌvælɪˈdɪktərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a farewell address or speech
US and Canadian a farewell speech delivered at a graduation ceremony, usually by the most outstanding graduate
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