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[in-aw-gyer-uh l, -ger-uh l] /ɪnˈɔ gyər əl, -gər əl/
of or relating to an inauguration:
Harding's inaugural address.
marking the beginning of a new venture, series, etc.:
the inaugural run of the pony express.
an address, as of a president, at the beginning of a term of office.
an inaugural ceremony:
to attend the presidential inaugural.
Origin of inaugural
1680-90; obsolete inaugure (< Latin inaugurāre to inaugurate) + -al1, -al2
Related forms
postinaugural, adjective
preinaugural, adjective
Can be confused
inaugural, inauguration. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inaugural
  • Gone, as well, will be the grand approach as a triumphant mayor wades through the crowds for his big inaugural close-up.
  • And during the inaugural ceremonies, he made numerous verbal.
  • The swearing-in is only one part of the inaugural celebration.
  • Sure, you can't see an inaugural every year-but this is one parade that's well worth the wait.
  • Your inaugural speech inspired me to write this letter.
  • But there was no mention of street crime in any presidential candidate's acceptance speech or in any inaugural address.
  • Including a clear announcement on this in your inaugural will make for great headlines.
  • In his inaugural speech, he was expected to announce specific goals for his first year, and for the longer term.
  • The inaugural event was small, but residents were proud, and many marched with tongues firmly in cheeks.
  • Later, through a unicycling newsletter, he read of plans for an inaugural muni convention.
British Dictionary definitions for inaugural


characterizing or relating to an inauguration
a speech made at an inauguration, esp by a president of the US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inaugural

1680s, from French inaugural (17c.), from inaugurer "to inaugurate" (see inauguration). The noun meaning "an inaugural address" is recorded from 1832, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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