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

Examples of inauguration in a Sentence

the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration
Recent Examples on the Web At his inauguration, Biden recounted his dad’s financial struggles and cited him in all his State of the Union addresses. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2024 August 16, 2022 American backing was on full show at Lai and Hsiao’s May inauguration, where the 51 international delegations included several former U.S. officials. Charlie Campbell / Taipei, TIME, 13 June 2024 Even President Biden visited days after his inauguration. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 13 June 2024 The anti-corruption politician faced unprecedented legal challenges to his campaign last summer, a powerful attorney general tried to reverse his election victory, and three months of public demonstrations swamped the capital in efforts to ensure his inauguration. Jody García, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for inauguration 

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inauguration was in 1569

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“Inauguration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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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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