Pronounced: en-DOJ-uh-nuhs, adj
Notes: As is usual here, this is another word I didn’t know
The word valediction means “the formal act of announcing one’s departure, one’s leave-taking, or bidding farewell”
Our word came into English in the early 1600s
Well, the word looks like valedictorian, which we call the student that graduates at the top of his class — usually high-school class (he usually has to give a speech). But the meaning doesn’t appear to be related, although it is, in a roundabout kind of way: our word comes from the Latin word valedictiōn, composed of vale (farewell) and dictus (to say). The tie-in with valedictorian is that it was originally the speech given at graduation saying a farewell to the school and teachers. The one who was chosen to give it was the best student in the class, and the word shifted to mean that person.