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



BrE BrE//ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːriən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːriən//
(North American English)
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the student who has the highest marks/grades in a particular group of students and who gives the valedictory speech at a graduation ceremony Culture Most schools also have a 'salutatorian', who has the next highest grades and gives the salutatory (= speech of welcome to the event).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: valedictorian