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. 2019

Related Words for valedictory

terminal, goodbye, last, final, parting, departing

Examples from the Web for valedictory

Contemporary Examples of valedictory

Historical Examples of valedictory

  • She, herself, confessed it in the valedictory words she addressed to me.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "My beliefs can matter nothing," he compromised, and made her a valedictory bow.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And might not her letter, when it did come, be a valedictory?

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • But there his common sense left him and he made a valedictory speech.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • It was her wish that Miss Morton should be chosen to deliver the valedictory.

    Madge Morton's Victory

    Amy D.V. Chalmers

British Dictionary definitions for valedictory


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
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 valedictory

1650s, from Latin valedictum (past participle of valedicere; see valediction) + -ory. Valedictory address is recorded from 1779.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper