[ 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.

Origin of inaugural

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

Related forms

post·in·au·gu·ral, adjectivepre·in·au·gu·ral, adjective

Can be confused

inaugural 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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