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valedictory definition


This page has 4 definitions of valedictory in English. Valedictory is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use valedictory in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



From Latin valedictum + English -ory (suffix forming nouns meaning ‘that which pertains to’, or adjectives meaning ‘of or pertaining to’).[1] Valedictum is the accusative supine of valedīcō (to bid farewell; to give a valediction), from valē (farewell, goodbye) (the imperative of valeō (to be healthy or well; to be strong; to have influence or power), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (powerful, strong; to rule)) + dīcō (to say, speak) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ- (to point out)).



valedictory (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a valediction (an act of parting company; a speech made when parting company); designed for or suitable to an occasion of bidding farewell or parting company.
    Synonym: (formal, rare) apopemptic
    a valedictory oration
  2. (Canada, US) Of or pertaining to a valedictorian (the individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell address, often the person who graduates with the highest grades).

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valedictory (plural valedictories)

  1. An address given on an occasion of bidding farewell or parting company.
  2. (specifically, Canada, US) A speech given by a valedictorian at a commencement or graduation ceremony.


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  1. ^ valedictory, adj. and n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “valedictory, adj. and n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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