Definition of valediction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌvælɪˈdɪkʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌvælɪˈdɪkʃn//
[countable, uncountable](formal)
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the act of saying goodbye, especially in a formal speech Word Origin mid 17th cent.: based on Latin vale ‘goodbye’ + dicere ‘to say’, on the pattern of benediction.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: valediction