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salutatorian

[suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /səˌlu təˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun
1.
(in some U.S. schools and colleges) the student ranking second highest in the graduating class, who delivers the salutatory at commencement.
Origin of salutatorian
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; salutatory + -an
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  • May 29, 1884, he graduated from the Atlanta Baptist College as salutatorian.

  • All the salutatorian had to do was to sit still and hear what the other speakers had to say and feel good.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
Word Origin and History for salutatorian
n.

1841, American English, from salutatory "of the nature of a salutation," here in the specific sense "designating the welcoming address given at a college commencement" (1702) + -ian. The address was originally usually in Latin and given by the second-ranking graduating student.

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