in·au·gu·ra·tion | \i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən, -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

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Trump’s inauguration was attended between 300,000 to 600,000 people, according to Vox at the time. Alexia Fernandez,, "J.K. Rowling Trolls Donald Trump By Comparing Royal Wedding Crowd to His Inauguration Attendance," 19 May 2018 Leading the way: Ballard Partners, overseen by Brian Ballard, a veteran Florida lobbyist who raised money for Trump’s campaign and inauguration. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Millions flow to fast-growing lobbying firms with ties to the Trump administration," 17 May 2018 Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Thani was one of a number of senior foreign officials who visited transition headquarters at Trump Tower between the November election and January inauguration. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar," 16 May 2018 The film starts off in the Jim Crow South of Durham, North Carolina in the ‘40s and ‘50s, where Talley was raised, Sunday church punctuating every week, and culminates with the election and inauguration of Donald Trump. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Gospel According to André," 1 May 2018 The company poured $450,000 into Trump’s campaign and inauguration after Obama announced plans to end all federal contracts with private prisons. Nick Tabor, Daily Intelligencer, "501 Days in Swampland," 1 Apr. 2018 Since well before his election in 2016 and subsequent inauguration, Trump has been letting loose on just about anyone who gets in his path on the social media platform. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "1 Year of Trump's Tweets, Analyzed," 22 Jan. 2018 That’s still just above the highest point between Obama’s inauguration and Trump’s election, which was 98.1 in January 2015. Brooks Jackson,, "Trump's Numbers (Second Quarterly Update) | FactCheck," 11 July 2018 The youthful president-elect, Bill Clinton, looking dashing in his tux, glided onto the stage for a gala on the eve of his inauguration, joined by his wife and daughter, and then Al and Tipper Gore. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 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 \

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

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