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

During its inaugural season in 2013, the league signed a one-year agreement with Fox Sports to broadcast six regular season games on Fox Sports 2, along with the league semifinal and final games. Julia Poe And Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "ESPN, NWSL announce broadcast partnership for remainder of 2019 season," 5 July 2019 At a time when seemingly everything about FC Cincinnati's approach to building its inaugural team has been questioned, probed or outright mocked, the 2019 MLS SuperDraft class is paying immediate dividends. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati bet big on the MLS SuperDraft. So far, it's been a smart gamble.," 3 July 2019 Stierhoff for receiving the inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Award from the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County. Melissa Whatley, baltimoresun.com, "Dulaney High prioritizes 'cleaner and greener'," 26 June 2019 The following questions were submitted and selected by about 50 residents from different neighborhoods and backgrounds during the Courant’s inaugural Courantly community dinner. courant.com, "Education, job creation, retail and more: Hartford’s mayoral candidates address 11 issues residents say matter most to them," 21 June 2019 Poster House’s inaugural exhibitions introduce audiences to pioneering European practitioners who, in significant measures, shaped the Western visual landscape. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 Last year, in addition to its inaugural day camp, the foundation took foster kids to an Arizona Diamondbacks game and, in another event, handed out free bicycles to foster children, according to its website. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Charity says it helps foster kids. Records show most of the money goes to salaries, overhead," 20 June 2019 The Argentine magician's inability to claim glory for his country was further accentuated at approximately 22:00 on Sunday 9 June, when Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo notched up another trophy by claiming the inaugural Nations League title. SI.com, "Argentina: Not Even Lionel Messi Can Turn Around Football's Greatest Underachievers," 19 June 2019 Then, on Sunday, June 23, Ohio City Galley will hold its inaugural Pig & Party noon to 6 p.m. A pig roast will be held with dishes from all four Galley chefs. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Ohio City Galley schedules 2 summer parties, patio opening," 19 June 2019

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

adjective

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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