follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

inauguration

[in-aw-gyuh-rey-shuh n, -guh-] /ɪnˌɔ gyəˈreɪ ʃən, -gə-/
noun
1.
an act or ceremony of inaugurating.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Late Latin inaugurātiōn- (stem of inaugurātiō). See inaugurate, -ion.
Related forms
reinauguration, noun
Can be confused
inaugural, inauguration.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for inauguration
  • The weekend of the inauguration is going to be a huge traffic headache.
  • The president began his second term with an inauguration that was his alone in a way the ceremony four years ago was not.
  • Even at his inauguration he came under fire from the guerrillas-literally.
  • Designer fashion took a back seat at the inauguration.
  • Seven years after its inauguration it was well maintained and looked after.
  • The fourth inauguration was conducted without fanfare.
  • Frigid temperatures caused many of the events planned for the second inauguration to be abandoned.
  • Between election and inauguration an ominous disillusion set in.
  • King has always had the ability to go to an inauguration.
  • He walked to his inauguration after eating at his boarding house.
Word Origin and History for inauguration
n.

1560s, from French inauguration "installation, consecration," and directly from Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) "consecration, installment under good omens," noun of action from past participle stem of inaugurare "take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate or install when such omens are favorable," from in- "on, in" (see in- (2)) + augurare "to act as an augur, predict" (see augur).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inauguration

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inauguration

13
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with inauguration

Nearby words for inauguration