Definition of salutatorian in English:

salutatorian

noun

North American
  • The student who ranks second highest in a graduating class and delivers the salutatory.

    Compare with valedictorian
    • ‘Rebecca finished eighth-grade last year as the salutatorian of her class.’
    • ‘She turned toward the stage as everyone started clapping as AJ, the class valedictorian, and Matt, the class salutatorian, walked up to the podium to make their speeches.’
    • ‘He was salutatorian while Tina was valedictorian the year they graduated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, 26 percent of admitted students were valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school class.’

Pronunciation

salutatorian

/səˌlo͞odəˈtôrēən//səˌludəˈtɔriən/