An inaugural is a ceremony inducting someone into a new position, especially the President. We also call the President's first speech an inaugural address.

  • Pronunciation: / ɪ'nɔɡjərəl/
  • English description: an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony
  • Synonyms: inaugural address
  • Chinese Translation: 就职演讲(jiu4 zhi2 yan3 jiang3)
  • Spanish Translation: inaugural
  • ORIGIN: This word has to do with ceremonies and firsts: an inaugural or inaugural address is the first speech made by a President at a ceremony also called the inauguration. This word is highly associated with Presidents, but it can apply to any kind of official first. An inaugural trip to China is a first trip to China. If you want to make a first sound fancy or important, try inaugural.


  • For an hour after, he talked with his typical craggy gravitas about that inaugural game and the evolution of the business in general.
  • Perhaps it’s worth recalling that President Lincoln was insistent in his inaugural address that he would not free any slaves in slave states.

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