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



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 Held over two days in front of a crowded arena and drawing heavy media coverage, the inaugural 2016 event attracted 66 teams from 25 nations. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 In this inaugural event, Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Tara will speak with Jane Brody about healthy living in uncertain times. New York Times, "Jane Brody’s Guide to Life in Lockdown," 11 Apr. 2020 The Players League will include 30 athletes, former All-Stars and World Series champions among them, who will compete in an inaugural online event raising money for Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Canada. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "MLB to Launch Virtual Esports Season Featuring Star Players," 10 Apr. 2020 Following Sunday’s inaugural event, Theberge said that the next virtual relays would take place on April 19 with events for both walkers and runners occurring on that day. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland company launches virtual relay race to support Meals on Wheels during coronavirus crisis," 2 Apr. 2020 The inaugural event in Los Angeles has been postponed until September. NBC News, "GLAAD to lose $2 million in wake of media awards cancellations," 17 Mar. 2020 An estimated 125,000 people are expected to attend the inaugural event at Motera stadium, making Trump feel a tad unsettled. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Trump’s first state visit to India could have a sprinkling of trade, Kashmir, and elections," 12 Feb. 2020 Former Coyotes captain Shane Doan was the guest of the inaugural event, and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald headlined the 2019 iteration. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Friendship between Kurt Warner, Luis Gonzalez powers third-annual Celebrity Game Night," 10 Feb. 2020 The Rocket Mortgage Classic already has a more star-studded lineup than last year's inaugural event. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Phil Mickelson to play in Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club in May," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The address Washington gave at his second inaugural totaled just 135 words. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Washington's End," on the final years of the father of our country," 21 Feb. 2020 In a matter of weeks, McLaughlin will either extend the legacy of the inaugurals or see that chapter of the club's history close for good. Pat Brennan,, "Jimmy McLaughlin: The last FC Cincinnati original's fight to stay with the club he loves," 16 Jan. 2020 The Centers of Excellence Program won the 2019 inaugural Cancer Community (C2) Catalyst for Care Award — one of four awards created as part of the YOUR Cancer program. Scientific American, "For Cancer Patients, The Remarkable Benefits Of Community," 8 Oct. 2019 Schaech was the Edgewood High commencement speaker in 2000 and was emcee for the inaugural of the new EHS athletic stadium on Sept. 3, 2010., "Edgewood High to induct six new members into Hall of Fame on Oct. 4," 30 Sep. 2019 First and second Eisenhower inaugurals Eisenhower, the famed Army general turned president, had multiple tanks rolling on Pennsylvania Avenue at not only his first (Jan. 21, 1953) inauguration but his second (Jan. 21,1957) as well. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration isn't first time armored vehicles have rumbled into Washington," 3 July 2019 Kate and William are hosting the inaugural The King's Cup on August 9, according to the royal website. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "We're About to Get Kate Middleton and Prince William's First Outing Since Their Vacation," 1 Aug. 2019 The hoopla isn't reserved just for giant cruise ship inaugurals. Rosemary Mcclure,, "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

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First Known Use of inaugural


1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inaugural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of inaugural

: occurring as part of an inauguration an inaugural speech

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