from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A closing or farewell statement or address, especially one delivered at graduation exercises.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or expressing a valedictory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bidding farewell; pertaining or relating to a leave-taking or bidding adieu; farewell: as, a valedictory speech.
  • noun pl. valedictories (-riz). A farewell oration or address (sometimes in Latin), spoken at graduation in American colleges and other institutions by one of the graduating class, usually by the one who has the highest rank. Compare valedictorian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A valedictory oration or address spoken at commencement in American colleges or seminaries by one of the graduating class, usually by the leading scholar.
  • adjective Bidding farewell; suitable or designed for an occasion of leave-taking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, a valedictorian.
  • noun A speech given by a valedictorian at a graduation or commencement ceremony.
  • noun A farewell or parting address.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)
  • adjective of or relating to an occasion or expression of farewell
  • adjective of a speech expressing leave-taking


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