Definition of valedictorian in English:



  • A student, typically having the highest academic achievements of the class, who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony.

    Compare with salutatorian

    ‘She graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class, securing a space at Spelman, the all black women's college in Atlanta.’
    • ‘Last spring, their daughter graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class.’
    • ‘She has been checking with area alumni to compile lists of the valedictorians and salutatorians for each graduating class as well as records set by past district athletes.’
    • ‘He graduated valedictorian from his high school class.’
    • ‘As Vincent graduated valedictorian of his high school class, his speech honored his most dear and loyal friend, Vaughn.’
    • ‘Highly intelligent, my mother graduated as valedictorian of her high school class.’
    • ‘Imagine the limitations inherent in admitting a class filled only with high school valedictorians.’
    • ‘More than 50 years after graduating, the class valedictorian gets her long delayed moment of glory.’
    • ‘Five valedictorians represented their respective graduating classes and recounted the journeys to their achievement.’
    • ‘How many of our high-school valedictorians will come back here after college?’
    • ‘He graduated high school in 1924 as the valedictorian, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee.’
    • ‘Pat was the president of the class and a school valedictorian.’
    • ‘In 1720 he graduated from Yale as the valedictorian of his class.’
    • ‘I showed up at West Point and found that 60% of my classmates were team captains, and 20% were valedictorians.’
    • ‘She had graduated as valedictorian of her class and was now pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting.’
    • ‘She thrived academically in high school, particularly in the sciences, and graduated as valedictorian.’
    • ‘My brother Charles, though valedictorian of his high school class, never had an opportunity to go on to college.’
    • ‘He excelled at school and sports, and was valedictorian of his high school class.’
    • ‘She had always assumed that she would be the valedictorian in grade twelve.’
    • ‘As the class valedictorian, he was obliged to give a speech.’



/ˌvaləˌdikˈtôrēən/ /ˌvæləˌdɪkˈtɔriən/