[ in-aw-gyer-uh l, -ger-uh l ]
/ ɪnˈɔ gyər əl, -gər əl /


of or relating to an inauguration: Harding's inaugural address.
marking the beginning of a new venture, series, etc.: the inaugural run of the pony express.


an address, as of a president, at the beginning of a term of office.
an inaugural ceremony: to attend the presidential inaugural.

Nearby words

  1. inasmuch as,
  2. inassimilable,
  3. inattention,
  4. inattentive,
  5. inaudible,
  6. inaugurate,
  7. inauguration,
  8. inauguration day,
  9. inauspicious,
  10. inauthentic

Origin of inaugural

1680–90; obsolete inaugure (< Latin inaugurāre to inaugurate) + -al1, -al2

Related formspost·in·au·gu·ral, adjectivepre·in·au·gu·ral, adjective

Can be confusedinaugural inauguration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inaugural

British Dictionary definitions for inaugural


/ (ɪnˈɔːɡjʊrəl) /


characterizing or relating to an inauguration


a speech made at an inauguration, esp by a president of the US
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Word Origin and History for inaugural



1680s, from French inaugural (17c.), from inaugurer "to inaugurate" (see inauguration). The noun meaning "an inaugural address" is recorded from 1832, American English.

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