A valedictorian is the student who has the highest marks in their class when they graduate from high school, college, or university, and who gives a speech at their graduation ceremony. [AM]

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  • Valedictorian — is an academic title typically conferred upon the highest ranked student among those being graduated from an educational institution. The term is an anglicized derivation of the Latin vale dicere ( to say farewell ), historically rooted in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Valedictorian — désigne un titre académique attribué aux meilleurs étudiants des écoles et universités américaines. Le terme est un anglicisme dérivé du latin vale dicere (faire ses adieux). C est en général au valedictorian que revient l honneur de prononcer le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Valedictorian — Val e*dic*to ri*an, 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • valedictorian — 1832 (n.), 1834 (adj.), American English, from VALEDICTORY (Cf. valedictory) + IAN (Cf. ian) …   Etymology dictionary

  • valedictorian — ☆ valedictorian [val΄ə dik tôr′ē ən ] n. in schools and colleges, the student, usually the one highest in scholastic rank in the graduating class, who delivers the valedictory: see SALUTATORIAN …   English World dictionary

  • valedictorian — noun Date: 1759 the student usually having the highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the valedictory address at the commencement exercises …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • valedictorian — /val i dik tawr ee euhn, tohr /, n. a student, usually the one ranking highest academically in a school graduating class, who delivers the valedictory at the commencement exercises. [1750 60, Amer.; VALEDICTORY + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • valedictorian — noun a) The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, usually the person who graduates with the highest grades. b) The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades. See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • valedictorian — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. first speaker, best student, principal speaker; see scholar 2 , speaker 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • valedictorian — val|e|dic|to|ri|an [ˌvælıdıkˈto:riən] n AmE the student who has received the best marks all the way through school, and usually makes a speech at the ↑graduation ceremony …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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