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


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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Price, his relatives and his companies gave more than $35,000 to Bowser’s 2014 mayoral campaign and inaugural committee, records show. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Corbett Price, under fire for concealing ethics violation, resigns from Metro board," 30 Aug. 2019 Scott's inaugural Astroworld Festival, held near the original site on the NRG Park grounds, drew 40,000 fans in November of last year. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'Look Mom I Can Fly' documents Travis Scott's rollercoaster ride," 28 Aug. 2019 Private dollars funded the event, and no public money flowed to the inaugural committee. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Welcome to the Greenbrier, the Governor-Owned Luxury Resort Filled With Conflicts of Interest," 15 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors are still investigating whether the chairman of the inaugural committee and a close friend of the president, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., violated lobbying laws. New York Times, "How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington’s Influence Game," 13 Aug. 2019 Barrack, who was chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, began communicating with IP3 just days before the swearing in of the president in January 2017. James Rowley,, "Trump confidant urged sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, House panel claims," 29 July 2019 The Los Angeles Times Book Club, reading books by Susan Orlean, Laila Lalami and George Takei, held its inaugural events this summer. Agatha French, Los Angeles Times, "How Long Beach became a book club superhub, with 130 and counting," 15 Aug. 2019 Bell, who drives in the Xfinity Series, drove in last year's inaugural BC39 event. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NASCAR Cup regular Kyle Larson joins BC39 field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," 14 Aug. 2019 In May, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announced The King’s Cup, an inaugural boat racing event intended to raise funds for eight charities. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Be Joined By So Many Celebs at The King's Cup," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 How to pronounce inaugural (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaugural

: occurring as part of an inauguration an inaugural speech

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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