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valedictorian definition

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This page has two definitions of valedictorian in English. Valedictorian is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English

Etymology

Formed 1759, from valediction.

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /vælədɪkˈtɔɹɪən/

Noun

valedictorian (plural valedictorians)

  1. (US, Canada, properly) The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, often the person who graduates with the highest grades.
  2. (US, Canada, colloquial) The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades.
    • 2020 July 2, Arthur C. Brooks, “A College Degree Is No Guarantee of a Good Life”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      Our oldest son was valedictorian of his high school class and went to a top university. But right about this time two years ago, our second son told us he wasn’t interested in college.

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