valedictorian

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Formed 1759, from valediction.

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IPA(key): /vælədɪkʼtɔɹɪən/

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valedictorian (plural valedictorians)

  1. (US, Canada, properly) The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, usually the person who graduates with the highest grades.
  2. (US, Canada, colloquial) The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades.

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