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Dictionary Definition

inaugural adj
1 occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction; "the President's inaugural address"; "an inaugural ball" [ant: exaugural]
2 serving to set in motion; "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage" [syn: initiative, initiatory, first, maiden]


1 an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president) [syn: inaugural address]
2 the ceremonial induction into a position; "the new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration" [syn: inauguration]

User Contributed Dictionary



agurare; to take omens through French inaugurer to invest.


  1. Declare that something formally begins operation
  2. Of inauguration; as in a speech or lecture by the person being inaugurated
    • The Universtiy of Cape Town hosts an inaugural lecture by Professor Ian Scott...on Wednesday at 8pm. Cape Times 21 August 2006, p.21.

Extensive Definition

An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. the President's inauguration). An "inaugural address" is the presidential speech given at this ceremony. Political inaugurations often have lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators. The term inauguration may also refer to a formal beginning or introduction (e.g. the inauguration of a new CanadaUnited States border crossing).

State and religious leaders who are inaugurated

see Inauguration Day

See also

inaugural in Bulgarian: Инавгурация
inaugural in German: Weihe (Religion)
inaugural in French: Investiture
inaugural in Dutch: Inaugurele rede
inaugural in Russian: Инаугурация
inaugural in Ukrainian: Інавгурація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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