Inauguration Day Vocabulary List 18 words

January 21st is Inauguration Day -- when the President of the United States is sworn in for his new term in office.
  1. inauguration
    the ceremonial induction into a position
    On Inauguration Day, the president takes his Oath of Office.
  2. oath
    a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior
    Barack Obama will take the Presidential Oath of Office.
  3. affirm
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  4. solemnly
    in a grave and sedate manner
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  5. swear
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  6. affirm
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  7. execute
    carry out or perform an action
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  8. office
    an administrative unit of government
    The Presidential Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
  9. chief justice
    the judge who presides over a supreme court
    The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court administers the Oath of Office to the President.
  10. term
    a limited period of time
    The term of office of the U.S. President is four years.
    President Obama is beginning his second term in office.
  11. ball
    a lavish dance requiring formal attire
    The inaugural ball will be the social event of the season.
  12. hail
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    "Hail to the Chief" is the official anthem of the U.S. President.
    The Marine Band played " Hail to the Chief" for the new president.
  13. chief
    a person who is in charge
    "Hail to the Chief" is the official anthem of the U.S. President.
    The Marine Band played "Hail to the Chief" for the new president.
  14. inaugural address
    an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
    The President gave his inaugural address at the Capitol.
  15. Capitol
    the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
    The President gave his inaugural address at the Capitol.
  16. White House
    the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
    An inaugural ball was held at the White House.
  17. Medal of Honor
    the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
    Presidential inaugurations are attended by members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers, former presidents, living Medal of Honor recipients, and other dignitaries.
  18. parade
    a ceremonial procession including people marching
    Since President Thomas Jefferson walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol for his second inauguration in 1805, presidential inaugural ceremonies have included a parade on this route.