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valedictory

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adjective val·e·dic·to·ry \-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of valedictory

  1. :  of or relating to a valediction :  expressing or containing a farewell



Examples of valedictory in a sentence

  1. <a valedictory address given by the college president upon his retirement>



Did You Know?

Valedictory addresses delivered by earnest young valedictorians at high school and college graduations are as much a sign of spring in the United States as baseball games and cookouts. Though we don't know where the first valedictory address was given, we do know that the word was an institution at some colleges in the U.S. by the mid-1700s. English speakers and writers have also used "valedictory" in non-academic settings since the mid-1600s. Since a valedictory speech is given at the end of an academic career, it is perfectly in keeping with the meaning of its Latin ancestor, valedicere, which means "to say farewell."

Origin and Etymology of valedictory

Latin valedicere


First Known Use: 1651


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valedictory

noun val·e·dic·to·ry

Simple Definition of valedictory

  • : a speech that expresses good wishes for someone who is leaving : the act of saying goodbye in a formal way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of valedictory

plural

valedictories

  1. 1 :  an address or statement of farewell or leave-taking

  2. 2 :  valediction 1

Examples of valedictory in a sentence

  1. He received a very warm valedictory for his long career.



1779

First Known Use of valedictory

1779

Rhymes with valedictory



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