Definition of Inaugural

1. Noun. An address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president).

Exact synonyms: Inaugural Address
Group relationships: Inauguration
Generic synonyms: Address, Speech
Geographical relationships: America, The States, U.s., U.s.a., United States, United States Of America, Us, Usa

2. Adjective. Occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction. "An inaugural ball"
Antonyms: Exaugural

3. Noun. The ceremonial induction into a position. "The new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration"
Exact synonyms: Inauguration
Terms within: Inaugural Address
Generic synonyms: Induction, Initiation, Installation
Derivative terms: Inaugurate

4. Adjective. Serving to set in motion. "The liner's maiden voyage"
Exact synonyms: First, Initiative, Initiatory, Maiden
Similar to: Opening
Derivative terms: Initiate, Initiate, Initiate

Definition of Inaugural

1. a. Pertaining to, or performed or pronounced at, an inauguration; as, an inaugural address; the inaugural exercises.

2. n. An inaugural address.

Definition of Inaugural

1. Adjective. Of inauguration; as in a speech or lecture by the person being inaugurated. ¹

2. Adjective. Marking the beginning of an operation, venture etc. ¹

3. Noun. An inauguration; a formal beginning. ¹

4. Noun. A formal speech given at the beginning of an office. ¹

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Definition of Inaugural

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inaugural

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inaugural address

Literary usage of Inaugural

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Constitution of the United States of America: With an Alphabetical by William Hickey, United States (1854)
"Inaugural ADDRESS OF JOHN ADAMS, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. MARCH 4, 1797. When it was first perceived, in early times, that no middle course for ..."

2. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1906)
"Of all the inaugural addresses ever delivered from that historic spot that to which the people listened on the fourth of March, 1841, is the most curious. ..."

3. The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time by David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler (1899)
"Although President Harrison has been all his life a ready speaker, his Inaugural is his masterpiece,— the best, as he no doubt intended it should be, ..."

4. Great Debates in American Hist: From the Debates in the British Parliament by United States Congress, Great Britain Parliament, Marion Mills Miller (1913)
"In his inaugural address the President adverted to the sub-treasury policy of his predecessor, as follows: THE PRESIDENT'S POWER OVER THE PURSE Inaugural ..."

5. Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Fish (1905)
"Apprehension seems to exist among the people 1 When reading Lincoln's first Inaugural it is well to recall the terrible conditions existing throughout the ..."

6. Hermann Von Helmholtz by Leo Koenigsberger (1906)
"While Helmholtz was engaged upon his inaugural dissertation (the scope of ... On June 28, 1852, Helmholtz delivered his Inaugural Lecture 'On the Nature of ..."

7. The Wall Street Point of View by Henry Clews (1900)
"A resume of the policy of the present administration as outlined in the inaugural address of the President, speaking for himself and his party. ..."

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