valediction

noun val·e·dic·tion \ ˌva-lə-ˈdik-shən \

Definition of valediction

1 :an act of bidding farewell

Recent Examples of valediction from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'valediction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of valediction

borrowed from New Latin valedictiōn-, valedictiō, from Latin valedic-, alternate stem of vale dīcere, valedīcere "to say goodbye," (from vale, interjection, "goodbye, farewell," reduced form of valē, imperative of valēre "to have strength, be well" + dīcere "to speak, say") + -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix of action — more at wield, diction


Learn More about valediction


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up valediction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!