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valedictory

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adjective val·e·dic·to·ry \ˌva-lə-ˈdik-t(ə-)rē\

Definition of valedictory

  1. :  of or relating to a valediction :  expressing or containing a farewell

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Examples of valedictory in a Sentence

  1. a valedictory address given by the college president upon his retirement

Did You Know?

Valedictory addresses delivered by earnest young valedictorians at high school and college graduations are as much a sign of spring in the United States as baseball games and cookouts. Though we don't know where the first valedictory address was given, we do know that the word was an institution at some colleges in the U.S. by the mid-1700s. English speakers and writers have also used "valedictory" in non-academic settings since the mid-1600s. Since a valedictory speech is given at the end of an academic career, it is perfectly in keeping with the meaning of its Latin ancestor, valedicere, which means "to say farewell."

Origin and Etymology of valedictory

borrowed from New Latin valedictōrius, from Latin valedic-, alternate stem of vale dīcere, valedīcere “to say goodbye” + -tōrius, adjective suffix (originally derivatives of agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor) — more at valediction


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valedictory

noun val·e·dic·to·ry

Definition of valedictory

plural

valedictories

  1. 1 :  an address or statement of farewell or leave-taking

  2. 2 :  valediction 1

Examples of valedictory in a Sentence

  1. He received a very warm valedictory for his long career.

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Origin and Etymology of valedictory

noun derivative of 1valedictory


VALEDICTORY Defined for English Language Learners

valedictory

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Definition of valedictory for English Language Learners

  • : a speech that expresses good wishes for someone who is leaving : the act of saying goodbye in a formal way



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