Valedictorian definition

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In schools and colleges, the student, usually the one highest in scholastic rank in the graduating class, who delivers the valedictory.
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The student with the highest academic rank in a class who delivers the valedictory at graduation.
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(US, Canada, properly) The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, usually the person who graduates with the highest grades.
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The valedictorian is the person in the class with the highest grade point average.

An example of a valedictorian is someone who is the only person in the college class that maintains a 4.0 GPA.

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(US, Canada, colloquial) The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades.
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Noun

Singular:
valedictorian
Plural:
valedictorians

Origin of valedictorian