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.

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.

Definitions of inaugural

adj occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction

“the President's inaugural address”
“an inaugural ball”
occurring at or marking the close of a term of office
of a speech expressing leave-taking
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adj serving to set in motion

“the magazine's inaugural issue”
first, initiative, initiatory, maiden
first or beginning

n an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)

inaugural address
Type of:
address, speech
the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

n the ceremonial induction into a position

Type of:
induction, initiation, installation
a formal entry into an organization or position or office

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