salutatorian

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noun sa·lu·ta·to·ri·an \sə-ˌlü-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən\

Definition of salutatorian

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

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First Known Use of salutatorian

circa 1847


SALUTATORIAN Defined for English Language Learners

salutatorian

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Definition of salutatorian for English Language Learners

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

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