I. adjective Etymology: Latin valedicere Date: 1651 of or relating to a valediction ; expressing or containing a farewell II. noun (plural -ries) Date: 1779 1. an address or statement of farewell or leave-taking 2. valediction 1

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  • Valedictory — Val e*dic to*ry, a. Bidding farewell; suitable or designed for an occasion of leave taking; as, a valedictory oration. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Valedictory — Val e*dic to*ry, n.; pl. {Valedictories}. A valedictory oration or address spoken at commencement in American colleges or seminaries by one of the graduating class, usually by the leading scholar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • valedictory — (adj.) 1650s, from L. valedictum (pp. of valedicere; see VALEDICTION (Cf. valediction)) + ORY (Cf. ory). Valedictory address is recorded from 1779 …   Etymology dictionary

  • valedictory — [adj] farewell departing, final, goodbye, last, parting, terminal; concept 267 Ant. welcoming …   New thesaurus

  • valedictory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving as a farewell. ► NOUN (pl. valedictories) ▪ a farewell address …   English terms dictionary

  • valedictory — ☆ valedictory [val΄ə dik′tər ē] adj. [< L valedictus (see VALEDICTION) + ORY] said or done at parting, by way of farewell; uttered as a valediction n. pl. valedictories a farewell speech, esp. one delivered at a graduation ceremony …   English World dictionary

  • valedictory — [[t]væ̱lɪdɪ̱ktəri[/t]] valedictories 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A valedictory speech, letter, or performance is one that is intended as a way of saying goodbye when someone leaves another person, a place, or a job. [FORMAL] ...Mr Walker, making his… …   English dictionary

  • valedictory — n. farewell speech 1) to deliver, give a valedictory 2) (misc.) a valedictory address * * * [ˌvælɪ dɪkt(ə)rɪ] give a valedictory (misc.) a valedictory address [ farewell speech ] to deliver …   Combinatory dictionary

  • valedictory — /val i dik teuh ree/, adj., n., pl. valedictories. adj. 1. bidding good bye; saying farewell: a valedictory speech. 2. of or pertaining to an occasion of leave taking: a valedictory ceremony. n. 3. an address or oration delivered at the… …   Universalium

  • valedictory — val|e|dic|to|ry [ˌvæləˈdıktəri] n plural valedictories formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: valedictus, past participle of valedicere to say goodbye , from vale goodbye + dicere to say ] a speech or statement in which you say goodbye when… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • valedictory — 1. noun at their fifty year reunion, Estelle Carver read the valedictory that she had delivered in 1954 Syn: speech, address, lecture, declamation 2. adjective a valedictory message Syn: farewell, goodbye, leaving, parting; last, final …   Thesaurus of popular words

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