[suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-]
(in some U.S. schools and colleges) the student ranking second highest in the graduating class, who delivers the salutatory at commencement.

1840–50, Americanism; salutatory + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1847, from salutatory (adj.), 1670, "of the nature of a salutation," in the specific sense "designating the welcoming address given at a college commencement" (1702, the address usually in Latin), from L. salutatorius "pertaining to visiting or greeting," from salut-, pp. stem of salutare "to greet"
(see salute).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Our valedictorian and salutatorian were co-captains of a sport every season as well as being excellent students.
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