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’). 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”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌvælɪˈdɪktəɹi/, /ˌvælɪˈdɪktɹi/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌvæləˈdɪktəɹi/, /ˌvæləˈdɪktɹi/
- Hyphenation: va‧le‧dict‧o‧ry
valedictory (not comparable)
- 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
- 1694 January 21, John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for 11 January 1694 (Julian calendar)]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, […] , volume II, 2nd edition, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1819, OCLC 976971842, part I, page 39:
- 1864 May – 1865 November, Charles Dickens, “Two New Servants”, in Our Mutual Friend. […], volume I, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1865, OCLC 1016551263, book the first (The Cup and the Lip), page 143:
- While delivering these valedictory observations, Wegg continually disappointed Mr. Boffin of his hand by flourishing it in the air.
- 2019 May 8, Barney Ronay, “Liverpool’s waves of red fury and recklessness end in joyous bedlam”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 25 March 2021:
- Barcelona have had a habit of collapsing like a poorly constructed millefeuille in away legs over the past four years. But still, as Jordan Henderson hurled himself about in midfield like a labrador puppy chasing flies, as [Sadio] Mané pressed with sniping menace on the left, there was something valedictory in the air.
- (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”).
valedictory (plural valedictories)
- An address given on an occasion of bidding farewell or parting company.
- 2020 March 13, Katherine Butler, “How will we report on the EU now that the UK is out?”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 16 April 2020:
- [Jean-Claude] Juncker gave an emotional valedictory. When he stopped speaking, an Italian journalist stood up. "History will judge you, Mr Juncker," the journalist said solemnly, "but we will never forget you" before urging a round of applause for the Luxembourger's "30 years as a true European".
- (specifically, Canada, US) A speech given by a valedictorian at a commencement or graduation ceremony.