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.

Nearby words

  1. vale,
  2. vale of glamorgan,
  3. valediction,
  4. valediction forbidding mourning, a,
  5. valedictorian,
  6. valence,
  7. valence band,
  8. valence electron,
  9. valence electrons,
  10. valence-conduction band

Origin of valedictory

1645–55; < Latin valedict(us) (see valediction) + -ory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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Word Origin and History for valedictory



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

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