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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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; salutatory + -an
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  • Our valedictorian and salutatorian were co-captains of a sport every season as well as being excellent students.
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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