in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce inauguration (audio)
: an act of inaugurating
especially : a ceremonial induction into office

Example Sentences

the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration
Recent Examples on the Web Facebook and Google temporarily banned political ads through the inauguration of President Joe Biden after the election. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 In 1877, Mathew Brady, the great photographer of the Civil War, captured the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes. Ken Burns, The Atlantic, 6 Nov. 2022 Sixty years ago, Leonard Bernstein presided over the inauguration of Philharmonic Hall, the chief concert venue at Lincoln Center. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 But the new mayor took pains to pay heed to Black voters’ concerns, mentioning them in the very first sentences of his inauguration speech, and tipping his hat to Tom Bradley. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2022 For the inauguration of Democrat Biden, singers Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks were among those who performed. Darlene Superville, ajc, 20 Sep. 2022 Yoon gave the remarks in his inauguration speech after being sworn in at a ceremony in Seoul, the South Korean capital. Reuters, NBC News, 10 May 2022 While President Joe Biden used his inauguration speech to call for unity, division has run through nearly every aspect of US politics. Paul Leblanc, CNN, 30 Dec. 2021 Among Tanzania’s higher echelons, Magufuli’s successor, Samia Suluhu Hassan, expressed support for helium extraction in her inauguration speech. William Ralston, Wired, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inauguration was in 1569

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“Inauguration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion in-ˌȯ-g(y)ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce inauguration (audio)
: an act or ceremony of inaugurating

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