in·au·gu·ral | \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-rəl, -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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of inaugural in a Sentence


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


attended the inaugurals of the city's last three mayors
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Allie told Blaine as the two bonded over their love of monarch butterflies at the inaugural Monarchs and Milkweed Festival hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Inaugural monarch festival raises butterfly awareness in Kane County," 23 June 2018 The president’s overall approval rating is 43.5%, close to his standing at his inaugural. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make 2018 About Taxes, Not Migration," 20 June 2018 The same eventually proved true of the hockey team, whose 8-67-5 record during its inaugural ‘74-75 season still stands as an NHL record for futility. Alex Prewitt,, "Original Capitals Owner Irene Pollin Enjoying Team's Run in Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018 In an effort to bring the community together and raise money, West Hartford Community Television is hosting its inaugural 5K run and walk on June 2. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Community Television Hosting 5K Walk, Run June 2," 23 May 2018 But when Raven’s Claw Golf Club welcomes 132 Symetra Tour contestants for Thursday’s start of the inaugural $100,000 Valley Forge Invitational, the Limerick Township course will be ready to provide a test over 54 holes. Joe Juliano,, "Raven's Claw ready to host inaugural Valley Forge Invitational golf tournament," 23 May 2018 The second annual conference was organized by the national bicycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes, which also unveiled its inaugural City Rankings Program last week. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "New System Ranks America’s “Bicycle-Friendly” Cities," 9 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Shaquem Griffin is among the finalists for the inaugural Jason Witten Man of the Year to be awarded on February 22, 2018, at The Star in Frisco. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "1-handed Shaquem Griffin's stage visit sets off wild ovation during NFL Draft | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 Archbishop Gregory Aymond invited all parishes to participate in the ministry's inaugural Safe Haven Sunday to alert their 510,000 Catholics about the harms of pornography. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "House committee passes bill to protect students from porn," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inaugural.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inaugural


1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inaugural

Statistics for inaugural

Last Updated

30 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for inaugural

The first known use of inaugural was in 1689

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inaugural



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 \

Kids Definition of inaugural

: occuring as part of an inauguration an inaugural speech

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on inaugural

What made you want to look up inaugural? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!