[in-aw-gyer-uh l, -ger-uh l]


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

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

Contemporary Examples of inaugural

Historical Examples of inaugural

British Dictionary definitions for inaugural



characterizing or relating to an inauguration


a speech made at an inauguration, esp by a president of the US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper