March 31, 2016
salutatorian (noun)
\suh-loo-tuh-TOR-ee-un\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the graduating student usually second highest in rank
How do you use it?
Mitchell was surprised to learn that not only was he the salutatorian of his class but that he would have to give a short speech at graduation.
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"Salutatorian" was used in print for the first time in the mid-1800s. All but one of the following words also dates back to 1800s. Which do you think did NOT first appear in the 1800s?

"Educator" first appeared in print in the mid-1600s. All the other words got their start in print in the 1800s. "Kindergarten," a word of German origin, dates to the mid-1800s, as does "schoolwork," a compound formed from "school" and "work." "Upperclassmen," another compound, is slightly younger, dating to the 1870s. An older word that arrived on the school scene is "classroom," which dates to the mid-1700s. And "day student," meaning "a student who attends regular classes at a college or preparatory school but does not live at the institution" made its first print appearance in the late 1800s.
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