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

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Recent Examples on the Web Understanding the sacrifice her parents made, Callejas Solano graduated from Aurora Central High School as salutatorian. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Colorado Dreamers respond after U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s decision to end DACA," 18 June 2020 One senior who got one was Assiana Franklin, a salutatorian at East English Village High School who will attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "'You're giving them hope for the future': Detroit students get connected with new laptops," 13 July 2020 Arleah graduated from Tomball High School in 1953 as the salutatorian of her class. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball mourns death of Arleah Hillegeist: educator, leader, founding member of TEAM," 27 June 2020 Season's over, so why is Franklin Central salutatorian still running? Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "'Doyel & Derek' podcast: 2020 sports has been unlike any seen before," 17 June 2020 Very little separates Mesquite High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite twins overcome challenges with immigration status, busy schedules to become valedictorian and salutatorian," 5 June 2020 Central High School salutatorian Saeedatu Nasara Shamsudeen was first, walking outside to a string of TV cameras on the sidewalk and Pollio on her driveway. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Four seniors get JCPS employee-funded scholarships, hand-delivered to their homes," 20 May 2020 The petition was started by Eliana Sisman, the 2020 salutatorian at Yeshiva University Los Angeles Girls School. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus, AP exams went online and had tech problems. College Board says it's investigating.," 15 May 2020 The vice president and salutatorian of his senior class at Enfield High School in 1962, Michael was an accomplished high school athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football, as well as serving as president of the Drama Club., "Michael C. Blaney," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of salutatorian

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Salutatorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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

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