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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of an inauguration.
  • adjective Initial; first.
  • noun An inauguration.
  • noun A speech given by a person being formally inducted into office.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to, connected with, or forming part of an inauguration: as, inaugural ceremonies.
  • noun An inaugural address.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or performed or pronounced at, an inauguration
  • noun U.S. An inaugural address.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of inauguration; as in a speech or lecture by the person being inaugurated.
  • adjective Marking the beginning of an operation, venture etc.
  • noun An inauguration; a formal beginning.
  • noun A formal speech given at the beginning of an office.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
  • noun the ceremonial induction into a position
  • adjective occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction
  • adjective serving to set in motion

Etymologies

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French inaugurer ("to invest"), from Latin augurare ("to take omens").

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