sa·​lu·​ta·​to·​ri·​an sə-ˌlü-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce salutatorian (audio)
: the student usually having the second highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the salutatory address at the commencement exercises

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While the Auburn phase ended, Lance, who was the salutatorian at Citronelle High School, was hooked on football early in life. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2022 Following an introduction by a demure high school salutatorian, Abrams spoke. Kevin Lee, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2022 Graduation will not keep Waukegan High School valedictorian Lilia Felipe-Pozo and salutatorian Miguel Valdovinos from continuing as classmates, next as Ivy Leaguers at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 After graduating from high school in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class, Michelle followed in her brother’s footsteps by attending Princeton University. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2022 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,, 25 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salutatorian was circa 1847

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“Salutatorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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sa·​lu·​ta·​to·​ri·​an sə-ˌlüt-ə-ˈtōr-ē-ən How to pronounce salutatorian (audio)
: the graduating student usually second highest in rank
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