salutatorian

noun
sa·​lu·​ta·​to·​ri·​an | \ sə-ˌlü-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce salutatorian (audio) \

Definition of salutatorian

: the student usually having the second highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the salutatory address at the commencement exercises

Examples of salutatorian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Galbreath was the salutatorian of his class in high school and had met former first lady Michelle Obama during a trip to Washington, D.C., through a pre-college program. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 July 2020 Also, Southwest High salutatorian Alexis Colmenares was recently named one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, providing more than $40,000 a year for all four years to attend Columbia University. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 Overall, the Class of 2021 -- which included valedictorian Hailey Weaver and salutatorian Isabella Kolodny -- received $76,300 in local scholarships. John Benson, cleveland, 12 June 2021 In another life, Bev, salutatorian of her high school class, could have followed J.D.’s path. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 Nov. 2020 In another life, Bev, salutatorian of her high school class, could have followed J.D.’s path. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 Nov. 2020 In another life, Bev, salutatorian of her high school class, could have followed J.D.’s path. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 Nov. 2020 In another life, Bev, salutatorian of her high school class, could have followed J.D.’s path. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 Nov. 2020 In another life, Bev, salutatorian of her high school class, could have followed J.D.’s path. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of salutatorian

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salutatorian was circa 1847

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“Salutatorian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salutatorian. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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salutatorian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of salutatorian

: the student who has the second best grades in a graduating class

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