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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wonder will receive the inaugural Icon Award at the 34th National Equal Justice Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 10, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Paul Grein, Billboard, 2 May 2022 After hitting the red carpet, Prince Harry, who served in the British army for 10 years, presented the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families living with the invisible wounds of war. Janine Henni,, 19 July 2022 The Locarno Residency, which launches this year, is aimed at helping first-time filmmakers under 40 complete their inaugural feature. Stjepan Hundic, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 World View says The Chainsmokers will be on one of the company's inaugural flights slated for 2024 and will record a performance from inside the capsule, giving viewers the ability to experience the music and the trip firsthand. Mark Kennedy, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 In Oklahoma City, the United States loses a tournament title game for the first time since 1997, falling 3-1 to Japan in the championship of the inaugural World Cup of Softball. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 A year later, when the first batch of Congolese palm oil was exported to Antwerp, an inaugural bar of soap was produced, placed in a tiny ivory casket, and delivered to the King. Alice Gregory, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 In many ways, Saturday was a full circle moment for Ford and Minkins, who hosted and ran their inaugural football camp for about 130 kids between the ages of 5 and 17. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 17 July 2022 North Ridgeville High School will host an inaugural Women’s Soccer Alumni Game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ranger Stadium, 34600 Bainbridge Road. cleveland, 17 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sonny Lindner won the inaugural with a nine-dog team. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 The Virginia governor's election, coming less than 10 months after a new president's inaugural, has usually foreshadowed that midterm wave: from 1977 through 2009, the party that lost the White House the year before won the Virginia race every time. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 And his second inaugural meditated on a just God chastening a republic of liberty that tolerated slavery. Andrew F. Lang, WSJ, 4 May 2021 The 2020 event fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, one year after Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske won the inaugural. John Sturbin, Dallas News, 2 May 2021 The Wednesday ceremony that installed Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Devi Harris as vice president was more than an inaugural. Star Tribune, 20 Jan. 2021 Another precedent for the Editorial Board's position encouraging an indoor inauguration is the relatively recent second inaugural of Ronald Reagan. Star Tribune, 18 Jan. 2021 Trump exited the stage stealthily and was the first living president in over 150 years not to attend the inaugural. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2021 In his first inaugural, Washington referred to Psalm 82. Stuart Halpern, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2021 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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