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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Art Basel’s inaugural fair, held in Basel, Switzerland, featured 90 galleries from 10 countries, according to Artspace’s brief history of the fair. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 Went just 14-57-7 their inaugural season and reached the playoffs once in 11 seasons before relocating to Winnipeg in 2011. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Mixed results: A half-century of trial and error with NHL expansion franchises," 5 Dec. 2018 But the broadcaster did manage to secure one legitimately impressive piece of content for its inaugural day of service: an exclusive 8K version of Stanley Kubrick’s eternal classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sam Byford, The Verge, "2001: A Space Odyssey’s 8K TV broadcast doesn’t quite go beyond the infinite," 3 Dec. 2018 The home was built and designed in 1955 by architect Alexander James, Jr., a disciple of Germany’s inaugural modernist Walter Gropius. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern on 135 acres asks $1.2M," 29 Nov. 2018 Many thanks to Melinda for making her inaugural Travelogue appearance. Condé Nast Traveler, "We Planned Your First Trip to London: Travelogue Podcast," 23 Nov. 2018 Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The Saudi economic summit that begins on Tuesday will be nothing like last year’s inaugural Saudi summit. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "On the eve of the Saudi economic summit, we’re about to see just how damaged they are in Silicon Valley," 23 Oct. 2018 Matt Johnson first auditioned for the The Voice during its inaugural season in 2011. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why Fans of 'The Voice' Can’t Stop Talking About Matt Johnson’s Blind Audition," 21 Oct. 2018 In episode two, Hermione gathers the adults in her office for the inaugural meeting of the Worst Parents Ever Club. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Riverdale" Season 3 Flashback Episode," 19 Oct. 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

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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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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

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