Definition of inaugural in English:



  • Marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office.

    ‘his inaugural concert as Music Director’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But religion is a private matter, and thus not a fit subject for an inaugural address.’
    • ‘After the inaugural address by E. Vasu, writer, the participants read out their short stories.’
    • ‘The shortest inaugural address was given by George Washington at his second Inauguration, in 1793.’
    • ‘Bush's second inaugural address was devoted to the power of liberty and democracy.’
    • ‘His first inaugural address was as much a " Freedom Speech " as was the second.’
    • ‘The president's second inaugural speech obviously requires further discussion and analysis.’
    • ‘Today in Britain there is the inaugural meeting of Labour parliamentarians against the war.’
    • ‘More than 50 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Richmond Field Naturalists last month.’
    • ‘The " five nos, " stated in his inaugural speech, remain unchanged.’
    • ‘So, in his inaugural speech, the new president called for national unity.’
    • ‘My " inaugural lecture " was about U.S. political and cultural imperialism.’
    • ‘In his inaugural lecture, Milne again reviews his work, but adds two remarks of interest.’
    • ‘The formal inaugural ceremony at Nottingham will be held this July according to Yang.’
    • ‘Madrid Mayor and ruling party bigwigs have consented to participate in the inaugural ceremony.’
    • ‘The new venue's inaugural exhibitions are culled from the museum's permanent collection.’
    • ‘Asia House will celebrate the opening of its new home and gallery with an inaugural exhibition.’
    • ‘The first inaugural ball was held in 1809 following the inauguration of James Madison.’
    first, initial, introductory, initiatory, launching
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  • An inaugural speech, especially one made by an incoming US president.

    ‘President Clinton's inaugural’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Another Republican president, in his second inaugural, talked of binding up the nation's wounds.’
    • ‘In President Bush's case, his first inaugural was well-written, but it didn't really say very much.’
    • ‘But most presidential inaugurals are not very good.’
    • ‘Two scholars count Garfield's inaugural as his only significant speech.’


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