Etymology
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valedictorian (n.)

"student who pronounces the oration at commencement exercises of his or her class," 1832, American English, from valedictory + -ian. As an adjective from 1834.

updated on March 07, 2014

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Definitions of valedictorian from WordNet

valedictorian (n.)
the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement;
Synonyms: valedictory speaker
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