Definition of inaugural in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɔːɡjʊr(ə)l/


Marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office: his inaugural concert as Music Director
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  • It was the best Democratic speech since FDR's first inaugural address.
  • Then he devoted his entire inaugural address to that subject.
  • He now faces a new challenge of explaining his vision to the country and to the world in his second inaugural address.
first, initial, introductory, initiatory, launching;
opening, maiden;


An inaugural speech, especially one made by an incoming US president: President Clinton’s inaugural
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  • One criticism of the president's inaugural is that it was a nice speech, but that his credibility is zero: no one believes anything he says.
  • It was a departure from the usual - different from the usual clichéd inaugurals.
  • You helped draft President Clinton's second inaugural, is that right?


Late 17th century: from French (from inaugurer 'inaugurate', from Latin inaugurare) + -al.

  • This is the adoption of a French word coming from Latin inaugurare ‘take omens from the flight of birds’. See auspicious

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