from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The student with the highest academic rank in a class who delivers the valedictory at graduation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, usually the person who graduates with the highest grades.
- n. The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who pronounces a valedictory address; especially, in American colleges, the student who pronounces the valedictory of the graduating class at the annual commencement, usually the student who ranks first in scholarship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In American colleges and some academies and high schools, the student who pronounces the valedictory oration at the annual commencement or graduating exorcises of his class: usually chosen as the scholar bearing the highest rank in the graduating class, as the best representative, for various reasons, of the whole class, or as otherwise worthy of special distinction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
Traditionally, in Vimy-Ridge-Canada, the valedictorian is the student in the graduating class with the highest marks.
The original meaning of the word "valedictorian" refers to bidding farewell, not to the rank of the student giving the address, but over the years, Brennan said, people have lost sight of the true meaning of the distinction.
It was this question and others that led me to approach the administration to ask how valedictorian is determined, and what I learned is there are no written policies.
Anyway, the reason I came to the word valedictorian today puts the lie to a valedictorian being the loneliest kid in the class.
Really, a white student, but a valedictorian, that is until now.
This is the place where I resisted the enormous temptation to explain to him what he probably should already know as valedictorian of his high school class --- that intellect is not an inherited characteristic.
It perked up his ears because he'd sort of assumed the very word valedictorian encapsulated a meaning of a "single individual."
The fact is, for all their vaunted election prowess, they're stuck with a C-plus student as their "valedictorian" this year and there's nothing they can do about it.
I've heard of "valedictorian," but what's the Latin term for the smartest guy in prison?
If the word "valedictorian" didn't come to mind, I'd be surprised.