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

Last year’s inaugural Pride on the Pier featured a waterfront DJ and beer garden. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 June 2019 What steeled and defined the 1999 team was a competitiveness rooted in the core members who had led the United States to victory in the inaugural, 1991 women’s World Cup — Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Scurry, Hamm, Lilly and Chastain, among others. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "Twenty years ago, U.S. women won the World Cup and changed the sport," 7 June 2019 Wear Orange began after Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago was shot and killed shortly after performing in President Obama's second inaugural parade in 2013. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox Valley event looks to raise awareness of 'staggering' gun violence in America," 7 June 2019 Players interested in taking part in the inaugural open can register at www.pickleballtournaments.com. Taylor Hartz, Naperville Sun, "Naperville tapped for first pickleball tourney in Chicago area," 7 June 2019 Fittingly, Pat Krueger, the mother who enrolled the very first student in the school, became the inaugural primary teacher at the school’s permanent location. Susan Soldavin, baltimoresun.com, "Mater Amoris Montessori School celebrating 50 and young at heart," 7 June 2019 The first-ever UEFA Nations League champion will be crowned on Sunday, June 9 after nine months of play in the competitions inaugural season. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Everything You Need to Know About the UEFA Nations League And How It Works," 7 June 2019 While the team drew 5,000 or more fans during its inaugural years, attendance in the early 2000s declined significantly. al.com, "Rooting for ‘Chappy’: Why the Stanley Cup Finals are resurrecting Mobile Mystick memories," 6 June 2019 Its inaugural game is against archrival England, followed by a winnable contest against Argentina. Jonathan Tannenwald, https://www.inquirer.com, "Women’s World Cup 2019: 11 players to watch beyond the United States," 6 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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