Definition of inaugural in US English:



  • attributive Marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office.

    ‘his inaugural concert as Music Director’
    • ‘The shortest inaugural address was given by George Washington at his second Inauguration, in 1793.’
    • ‘In his inaugural lecture, Milne again reviews his work, but adds two remarks of interest.’
    • ‘The president's second inaugural speech obviously requires further discussion and analysis.’
    • ‘Asia House will celebrate the opening of its new home and gallery with an inaugural exhibition.’
    • ‘Today in Britain there is the inaugural meeting of Labour parliamentarians against the war.’
    • ‘The formal inaugural ceremony at Nottingham will be held this July according to Yang.’
    • ‘The new venue's inaugural exhibitions are culled from the museum's permanent collection.’
    • ‘Madrid Mayor and ruling party bigwigs have consented to participate in the inaugural ceremony.’
    • ‘After the inaugural address by E. Vasu, writer, the participants read out their short stories.’
    • ‘But religion is a private matter, and thus not a fit subject for an inaugural address.’
    • ‘Bush's second inaugural address was devoted to the power of liberty and democracy.’
    • ‘His first inaugural address was as much a " Freedom Speech " as was the second.’
    • ‘More than 50 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Richmond Field Naturalists last month.’
    • ‘It was the best Democratic speech since FDR's first inaugural address.’
    • ‘My " inaugural lecture " was about U.S. political and cultural imperialism.’
    • ‘The first inaugural ball was held in 1809 following the inauguration of James Madison.’
    • ‘So, in his inaugural speech, the new president called for national unity.’
    • ‘The " five nos, " stated in his inaugural speech, remain unchanged.’
    • ‘He now faces a new challenge of explaining his vision to the country and to the world in his second inaugural address.’
    • ‘Then he devoted his entire inaugural address to that subject.’
    first, initial, introductory, initiatory, launching
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  • 1An inaugural speech, especially one made by an incoming US president.

    • ‘In President Bush's case, his first inaugural was well-written, but it didn't really say very much.’
    • ‘One criticism of the president's inaugural is that it was a nice speech, but that his credibility is zero: no one believes anything he says.’
    • ‘Another Republican president, in his second inaugural, talked of binding up the nation's wounds.’
    • ‘You helped draft President Clinton's second inaugural, is that right?’
    • ‘It was a departure from the usual - different from the usual clichéd inaugurals.’
    • ‘But most presidential inaugurals are not very good.’
    • ‘Two scholars count Garfield's inaugural as his only significant speech.’
    1. 1.1US An inaugural ceremony.
      ‘the ball before the inaugural’
      • ‘He would spend the rest of his career attending Broadway first nights, not Stalin inaugurals.’
      • ‘As a citizen, she had a perfect right to sing the national anthem of her own country during the inaugural of the president of her own country.’
      • ‘From performing at presidential inaugurals to Broadway musicals to rodeos, these Sailors keep up one of the busiest schedules in the Navy.’
      • ‘Just since the election's end and the inaugural, I have realized how much I've changed.’
      • ‘With the first inaugural, it was all the excitement of the inauguration and so on.’
      • ‘I took her to the first Reagan inaugural; Bill Buckley was there too.’
      • ‘Anyone who observed the second inaugural of President Bush could not help but notice the frailty of Chief Justice Rehnquist.’
      • ‘After the formal inaugural of the festival as such, it will be screening time.’
      • ‘He says the widely-held view that American men stopped wearing hats after JFK didn't wear one to his inaugural is a myth.’
      • ‘Indeed, children in the family setting may hear similar invocations and benedictions at inaugurals and other public ceremonies.’
      • ‘It may have been the most low-key inaugural in years.’
      • ‘It was a cheerful group that gathered to witness the formal inaugural of the indoor golf course at Brown Coffee Pub, at R.S. Puram on Wednesday.’
      • ‘The Chairman of the Sakthi Group, N. Mahalingam, presided over the inaugural.’
      • ‘There are some inaugurals that remain implanted in our minds, certainly John F. Kennedy's in the snow.’
      • ‘You know, he was doing so well in the days before the inaugural, before the pardons came out.’
      • ‘However, cops were strict at the inaugural of the Afro-Asian Games.’
      • ‘Bill Clinton's inaugurals marked the end of the era of World War II presidents and the arrival of the rock and roll generation in the seats of power.’
      • ‘The campus of the Maharaja's College on Monday saw the inaugural of a rainwater harvesting unit that has the potential to be a model for the rest of Kochi.’
      • ‘The occasion was the inaugural of a book exhibition for the handicapped.’
      • ‘The enthusiastic artistes waited patiently for their turn and for the formalities of an inaugural, including speeches, to be completed.’


Late 17th century: from French (from inaugurer ‘inaugurate’, from Latin inaugurare) + -al.