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1614. Borrowed from Latin valedīcere, present active infinitive of valedīcō (bid farewell), from valē, imperative of valeō (I am well), + dīcō (say).


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valedictory (not comparable)

  1. Of, or pertaining to, a valedictorian.
  2. Bidding farewell; suitable or designed for an occasion of leave-taking.
    a valedictory oration
    • 2019, Barney Ronay, Liverpool’s waves of red fury and recklessness end in joyous bedlam (in The Guardian, 8 May 2019)[1]
      Barcelona have had a habit of collapsing like a poorly constructed millefeuille in away legs over the past four years. But still, as Jordan Henderson hurled himself about in midfield like a labrador puppy chasing flies, as Mané pressed with sniping menace on the left, there was something valedictory in the air.


valedictory (plural valedictories)

  1. (Canada, US) A speech given by a valedictorian at a graduation or commencement ceremony.
  2. A farewell or parting address.