Definition of valedictory in English:



  • Serving as a farewell.

    ‘a valedictory wave’
    • ‘The last few years of his life found him making valedictory recordings with that label and with EMI.’
    • ‘Some of the songs were previewed on the group's 2003 valedictory tour, while others have never been publicly aired.’
    • ‘Those of us who love Haydn adore his last large-scale work, this valedictory oratorio, to distraction.’
    • ‘I sprinted to my seat with the rest of my classmates, just in time to hear the beginning of Katie's valedictory speech.’
    • ‘‘It used to worry me greatly that there are always people in an audience who are unmoved, unreached by what I do,’ she wrote in her diary of her valedictory year.’
    • ‘Some men rested inside the reception counter and office rooms, while some others added final touches to the venue for the valedictory session.’
    • ‘The festival's valedictory function will be held on May 9.’
    • ‘This Senate custom of valedictory speeches may look self-indulgent to some but I think is quite important in its own way.’
    • ‘Historians argue over the significance of these valedictory meditations.’
    • ‘They will take part in activities like memory games, personality development modules and even stage a Shakespeare play on the valedictory function on Saturday, the organisers said.’
    • ‘His new collection of shorter poems, Darkening Water, has as its title suggests a valedictory aspect.’
    • ‘He was the same when he left the Citizens' last year, insisting his interviews should not be valedictory celebrations of the past, but forward-looking speculations of the theatre's programme after he had gone.’
    • ‘The new album draws its main inspiration from the band's annual tours of the Highlands and islands, much of it - aptly enough - striking an elegiac or valedictory note.’
    • ‘Wolfenden High School, built in 1913 to hold 900 pupils, held a special valedictory service yesterday to mark its closure.’
    • ‘Dame Muriel revealed that her latest novel, The Finishing School, which was published this year, will not mark an end to fiction writing for her, despite its valedictory title.’
    • ‘Its melancholy cranes are lit at night not as a sign of vitality but as a valedictory salute to an industrial past for which most Glaswegians - particularly those who never banged a rivet - are nostalgic.’
    • ‘As we move towards the end of this Parliament, with questions finishing today and people doing valedictory speeches, people are looking forward to getting out on the hustings.’
    • ‘In his valedictory editorial in the latest issue of the Poetry Review, he could not contain his gloom any longer.’
    • ‘The final valedictory service will be held on Saturday starting at 7pm in the Cook Street hall, to mark a community link which goes back 114 years.’
    • ‘I also pay tribute to some of those who have given valedictory speeches here in the last few days.’
    farewell, goodbye, leaving, parting, departing, going away, last, final
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nounPlural valedictories

  • A farewell address.

    ‘this book of memoirs reads like his valedictory’
    • ‘He is the man whose next most significant speech will be his valedictory, and we will hear it in this Parliament.’
    • ‘All I can say is that I hope the previous member is proud of that speech, because it will be his valedictory.’
    • ‘His comeback turns out to be a sad valedictory.’
    • ‘As long as five years ago, the three main newsweeklies had locked up eminent presidential historians to write his valedictories.’
    • ‘In September Macmillan will retire as curator and this exhibition is something of a valedictory - a testimony to his tenure, featuring works which he has helped to acquire.’
    • ‘How sad it is to write this brief valedictory for this senator who never abandoned the fiery passions that first fueled his entry into politics.’
    • ‘Some members are suggesting this is my valedictory, but it just goes to show how ridiculous some of the statistics really are.’
    • ‘In his valedictory, Barry refused to rule out a return to column-writing.’
    • ‘He delivered his talk as a kind of valedictory, describing his 16 year tenure at the institution.’
    talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation
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