inaugural

adjective
in·​au·​gu·​ral | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-rəl How to pronounce inaugural (audio) , -g(ə-)rəl\

Definition of inaugural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to an inauguration
2 : marking a beginning : first in a projected series

inaugural

noun

Definition of inaugural (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an inaugural address

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Examples of inaugural in a Sentence

Adjective

They attended the inaugural ball. the inaugural event in the city's week long festival honoring the sailing ships

Noun

attended the inaugurals of the city's last three mayors
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The inaugural Trap Yoga and Tacos event sold out in a week and brought 315 people to a packed out venue in Houston, Texas. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 Prince Harry's Involvement Following that inaugural event in 2014, Prince Harry has remained involved with Invictus, serving as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Are the Invictus Games?," 19 Oct. 2018 Peace First’s inaugural real-world event included young changemakers, advocates, activists, and storytellers from all around the world who gathered together in New York City on September 16. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "The Peace First Summit Celebrated Young Activists Committed to Making the World a More Peaceful Place," 20 Sep. 2018 The inaugural event kicked off September 1 and lasts through the 16th. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The best Intel Gamer Days deals," 6 Sep. 2018 The 2018 Meet the Press Film Festival will be expanded by one day from last year's inaugural event. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Meet the Press' Reteams With AFI Docs for Second Annual Film Festival," 17 June 2018 The meeting of defense ministers Thursday and Friday was the inaugural event at the new site, with its sleek interior of glass, cool grays and white. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis strives to be a reassuring voice to allies in a chaotic time," 10 June 2018 Children ages 7-12 will participate in the Kids Hogwarts School of Magic, a favorite at last year’s inaugural event, Porch said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Wizards event conjures up new grand banquet, continues kids magic school," 7 June 2018 Spark!Fishers The inaugural event replaces the Fishers Freedom Festival and will be held June 29-30. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to watch 4th of July fireworks around Indianapolis," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hoopla isn't reserved just for giant cruise ship inaugurals. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "You can be part of their maiden voyages," 7 May 2018 In less than two weeks, Trump has delivered one of the most divisive inaugurals in the history of the country and spread blatant lies from the Oval Office. Yascha Mounk, Slate Magazine, "Democracy Is Holding Up, for Now," 2 Feb. 2017 Presidential invocations to unity have been a staple of inaugurals for centuries. Ruth Marcus, The Denver Post, "President Trump’s clenched-fist inaugural address," 23 Jan. 2017 Politicians, preparing for inaugurals, scurry for their histories. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "A Dark Inaugural," 20 Jan. 2017 Unlike Washington, many presidents have stuffed their inaugurals with platitudes. Thomas V. Dibacco, WSJ, "An Inaugural Speech Like No Other?," 18 Jan. 2017 Ms. Leiber said first ladies carried her purses to their husbands’ inaugurals, including Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Warren Strugatch, New York Times, "Judith and Gerson Leiber: 70 Years of Marriage, Fashion and Art," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of inaugural

Adjective

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inaugural was in 1689

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inaugural

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English Language Learners Definition of inaugural

: happening as part of an official ceremony or celebration when someone (such as a newly elected official) begins an important job : happening as part of an inauguration
: happening as the first one in a series of similar events

inaugural

adjective
in·​au·​gu·​ral | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-rəl How to pronounce inaugural (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaugural

: occuring as part of an inauguration an inaugural speech

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