Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an inauguration.
  • adj. Initial; first: the inaugural issue of a magazine.
  • n. An inauguration.
  • n. A speech given by a person being formally inducted into office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or performed or pronounced at, an inauguration
  • n. An inaugural address.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • The jubilee bonfires were scarcely ashes before Tired Tinkham delivered at the corner grocery what he called his inaugural address.

    The Henchman

  • And then he joked about trying to obtain inaugural tickets.

    Burris Cleared to Take Senate Seat - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The inaugural is likely to be the most expensive ever but will also include events for the public in what the inaugural committee calls the most open and accessible inauguration in modern times.

    Bill Clinton Asks for Money for Obama Inauguration - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The release of one winner at a time and the surrounding publicity seem intended to heighten awareness that ordinary citizens and small donors — not just fat cats — are participating in inaugural events.

    Bill Clinton Asks for Money for Obama Inauguration - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Barkan, this source said, was encouraging — till Brown did his balance-the-budget homily at his second-term inaugural a fortnight ago and phoned for a reaction.

    The Politics of Austerity

  • Administration officials downplayed the setback for their democracy movement, which the president announced in his second-term inaugural address in 2005.

    Pakistan Crackdown Slows

  • The first inaugural, first term inaugural is expectation, it's change, particularly when it's one party changing and giving way to another party, this dramatic change of power and this peaceful change of power in our republic.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2005

  • BRUCE MORTON, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The book, called "George W. Bush: Portrait of a Leader," was produced for the president's second term inaugural committee.

    CNN Transcript Dec 29, 2005

  • LISOVICZ: He ranks it as one of the top five second-term inaugural speeches, even ahead of Thomas Jefferson.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2005

  • Bush, who campaigned for reelection as a wartime president, will have more than the usual military flourishes at his second-term inaugural ceremonies.

    Archive 2004-12-01

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