• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inaugural serving to set in motion "the magazine's inaugural issue","the initiative phase in the negotiations","an initiatory step toward a treaty","his first (or maiden) speech in Congress","the liner's maiden voyage"
    • adj inaugural occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction "the President's inaugural address","an inaugural ball"
    • n inaugural the ceremonial induction into a position "the new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration"
    • n inaugural an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration
    • n Inaugural An inaugural address.
    • a Inaugural Pertaining to, or performed or pronounced at, an inauguration; as, an inaugural address; the inaugural exercises.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Franklin Pierce is the only President to have said "I promise" instead of "I swear at his Inauguration. He did it for religious reasons.
    • inaugural Pertaining to, connected with, or forming part of an inauguration: as, inaugural ceremonies.
    • n inaugural An inaugural address.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became the only U.S. President in history to deliver his inaugural address without using the word “I”. For the record, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower said “I” only once during their speeches.
    • adjs Inaugural pertaining to, or done at, an inauguration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inaugural,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inaugurāre, -ātum.


In literature:

Those who are the first to inaugurate this movement will scarcely live to see its glorious close.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
McDougal was inaugurated as Governor the following day.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
A man waits for four months before he is inaugurated.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
When the two houses of Congress reassembled, each appointed a committee to prepare a response to the president's inaugural address.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
When President Buchanan was inaugurated, he announced that a case was pending in the Supreme Court upon the occupation of the Territories.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
They played Washington during the Garfield inaugural week.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Madison's inauguration Was a lovely celebration.
"Something Else Again" by Franklin P. Adams
Thus very serious civil war was inaugurated.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Then the inauguration and organization of the central administrative offices and State commands.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
The first nation which fulfilled these conditions was the first to inaugurate the new era.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various

In poetry:

Hurrah for McKinley!
Who said he'd have no wine,
And those at the inaugural
To drink had to decline,
Temperance rally, etc.
"Hurrah for McKinley!" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then come with us and view the train;
The depot consecrate;
Where God's voice in the cataract speaks,
Rum's reign inaugurate!
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
The landscape now reveals a change;
A stair--that twinèd elm-boughs hold
Enclosed 'mid hedges mystic, strange--
Inaugurates a green and gold
Vision of gardens, range on range.
"The Gardens" by Emile Verhaeren
I too, following many, and follow'd by many, inaugurate a Religion—I
descend into the arena;
(It may be I am destin'd to utter the loudest cries there, the
winner's pealing shouts;
Who knows? they may rise from me yet, and soar above every thing.)
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Aretha Franklin and Arianna Huffington are just a few of the notable names encountered by New York Times columnist Harry Hurt, who masqueraded as a hotel doorman during the presidential inauguration.
City Sightseeing New Orleans launched the new service Wednesday with an inaugural tour of downtown with Louisiana Lt Gov.
The Downeaster train made its inaugural trip to Brunswick yesterday, marking the beginning of Amtrak service that goes from Boston and extends to Freeport and Brunswick.
Amtrak's Downeaster makes inaugural run on extended line in Maine.
Sailfish Splash Water Park exceeded Martin County's expectations in key ways in its inaugural season.
Aretha Franklin performing at the inauguration of Barack Obama, January 20, 2009.
The inaugural Pac-12 Championship on the line and who better to sit next to than.
Sunday's inaugural Great Taco Run has a winning formula that could make it one of the area's premier events.
The playing field tilts for much of US industry with the Jan 20 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
During the emir 's four-hour visit, he will inaugurate several projects, among them a housing project, hospital, and renovation of Gaza's major north-south highway, Salaha-Din Road.
BEVERLY — The bragging rights for the 2011-2012 local college sports season officially went to Endicott College last night as winners of the inaugural North Shore Cup.
Malia, Sasha show poise on podium, plan inaugural party of their own.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 2nd Inaugural (with Joseph Persico).
With the inaugural session of Girls Rock Dallas about a month away, seems like they should go ahead and throw a pool party.
The inaugural Hammerhead Adventure Race on Gasparilla Island was a success Saturday, according to organizers at the Boca Grande Fire Departmen.

In science:

He was supposed to inaugurate the 1975 Varenna Summer School directed to these sub jects if he had not died a few weeks earlier.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
That paper meant a real breakthrough in that it inaugurated the history of these space-time tunnels as real scientific ob jects, rather than as science-fiction toys.
Lorentzian wormholes generalizes thermodynamics still further
This work inaugurates a new way of formulating physical (closed) theories.
On the Nature of Reality
The more massive stars generate more massive cores, and those more massive than ∼8 M(cid:12) achieve the Chandrasekhar mass, at which point such cores are unstable to the dynamical implosion (collapse) that inaugurates the supernova.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Automated search for clusters: in 1976 MacGillivray et al.290 inaugurated the automated search for galaxy clusters.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters