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 Madden’s inauguration then was delayed when hurricanes Marco and Laura loomed in the Gulf of Mexico in late August. Andrew Canulette,, "Mandeville City Council approves $42.51 million budget for 2020-21 fiscal year," 11 Sep. 2020 Federal prosecutors charged 230 people who protested the president’s 2017 inauguration with rioting and conspiracy that would have landed them each in prison for decades. Erin Corbett,, "Wow, “Joe Biden’s America” Sure Looks A Lot Like Donald Trump’s America," 10 Sep. 2020 The march takes place the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration and is planned by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. USA Today, "Women suffragists persisted for 70 years to win the right to vote in 1920," 13 Aug. 2020 According to The Post, messages sent between Winston Wolkoff and Melania Trump not only covered inauguration plans, but also the president's schedule during state visits, as well as government hires and contracts. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Melania Trump used private email for White House business, longtime friend says," 3 Sep. 2020 Wolkoff documented some of the conversations from after the inauguration that appear to contain official business, according to a report from the Washington Post. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Former friend claims Melania Trump used private email accounts as first lady," 2 Sep. 2020 The Post has viewed messages dated after the inauguration that appear to be from private email and messaging accounts used by Melania Trump. Author: Jada Yuan, Anchorage Daily News, "First lady Melania Trump used private email for White House business, former adviser and friend says," 2 Sep. 2020 Authorities ran into similar evidentiary problems after the riot in January 2017 at the presidential inauguration. Washington Post, "Prosecutor accuses D.C. police of making rioting arrests with insufficient evidence," 1 Sep. 2020 To pull off Operation Block Ivanka, a source provided Wolkoff with sketches of the inauguration seating plan. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Operation Block Ivanka: 'Melania & Me' excerpts reveal battle between first lady, president's daughter," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inauguration

1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Inauguration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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