- 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.
Origin of inaugural
Related Wordsinauguration, investiture, entrance, installation, beginning, admission, debut, indoctrination, enrollment, inception, baptism, induction, commencement, preliminaries, instatement
Examples from the Web for inaugural
On June 18, 1971, the caucus threw its inaugural dinner at the Dunbar Hotel.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
“We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists” said Thomas Jefferson in his first inaugural.
Thomas Jefferson also warned in his first inaugural that not “every difference of opinion is a difference of principle.”
Which brings us to FDR's first inaugural speech assertion that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself."Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
Richard Blanco made waves in 2013 when he was the first immigrant, Latino, and openly gay man to be the inaugural poet.Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Poet Survival Kit
October 8, 2014
Mr. Bancroft, the historian, delivered the Inaugural Address.Cleveland Past and Present
Marthy and Will sat with Eric in the carriage at the second inaugural, too.In a Little Town
In his inaugural address, he reassures the south on this point.My Bondage and My Freedom
In his inaugural address he declared that nothing but the will of the people governed him.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
This choice was made and was declared in the inaugural address.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Five
- characterizing or relating to an inauguration
- a speech made at an inauguration, esp by a president of the US
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.