in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce inauguration (audio) , -gə-\

Definition of inauguration

: an act of inaugurating especially : a ceremonial induction into office

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the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration

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Workers building a stage in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., amid preparations for the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Inaugural Committee Challenged Vendor Requests and Budgeting, Documents Show," 21 Feb. 2019 In the minds of many, October 4, 1957, marked the inauguration of a new era for mankind: the Space Age. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Kainaz Amaria/Vox The day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, millions of women and their allies around the world marched to express opposition to his ideology and support for women’s rights. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 But in another letter, sent on the day of Jefferson’s inauguration, Marshall expressed less deferential sentiments. Adam J. White, WSJ, "‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals," 30 Nov. 2018 Cunha said the group did not agree to pay for police details or emergency medical services at the march, which was one of hundreds across the country timed to coincide with the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. Jamie Halper,, "ACLU sues Cambridge for billing Women’s March groups," 7 July 2018 Jane Slusser, Kenney’s chief of staff, went viral with her photo comparison of Trump’s inauguration and of Broad Street the night the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Robert Moran,, "Rendell, Kenney, other fans react to Trump disinviting Eagles," 4 June 2018 The governor went to President Trump’s inauguration, and has had other visits to Washington, including to advocate for the state’s need for assistance after Hurricane Harvey. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Out-of-state travel tab for Gov. Abbott’s security tops $1 million," 29 Apr. 2018 Melania Trump has parted ways with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff over the news that the latter’s firm was paid nearly $26 million for event planning by a group that oversaw President Trump’s inauguration. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Hope Hicks, Wall Street's #MeToo, Serena Williams: Broadsheet Feb. 28," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of inauguration

1569, in the meaning defined above

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in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce inauguration (audio) \

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: an act or ceremony of introducing into office a president's inauguration

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