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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Examples of inauguration in a Sentence

the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration
Recent Examples on the Web After resuming shortly following President Biden's inauguration, they were halted again this summer by a coronavirus outbreak at the embassy. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 20 Aug. 2021 At President Joe Biden's inauguration, Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet ever at 22 years old. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 The 14-year-old author and orator, who spoke at President Joe Biden's inauguration and at the Democratic National Convention conference in 2020, suffers from a speech impediment and stutter. Jacorey Moon,, 10 Aug. 2021 Nearly 26,000 troops were deployed to the Capitol complex and Washington for President Joe Biden's inauguration, following the insurrection attempt. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 The state has been repaid for previous missions to North Dakota during anti-pipeline protests in 2016, but hasn't been reimbursed a deployment to Washington, D.C., during President Joe Biden's inauguration. Grant Schulte, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 As the first major contest since President Joe Biden's inauguration, November's election will test whether Virginia's blue wave was a rejection of Republicans outright or more closely tied to Trump. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 9 June 2021 Whitmer's campaign will also pay the $22,670 cost of a private plane Whitmer used to travel to President Joe Biden's inauguration in January. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 She's been with the FDA since 1986, served a number of stints as director of the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), as was appointed the interim position at the agency's top perch on the day of President Biden's inauguration. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of inauguration

1569, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2021

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“Inauguration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of inauguration

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

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