An inauguration is a ceremony that formally marks the start of something. You’ve probably seen the inauguration ceremony when a new president takes office.

Inauguration can refer to a formal ceremony, such as one marking the start of a new term in office or the opening of a new wing in a museum, but it can be used more broadly to describe a less formal beginning. Your boss may make you responsible for the inauguration of a new system at work. There probably won’t be a ceremony for that inauguration — in this case, inauguration just indicates that a new practice is being introduced.

Definitions of inauguration

n the ceremonial induction into a position

“the new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration
Type of:
induction, initiation, installation
a formal entry into an organization or position or office

n the act of starting a new operation or practice

“he opposed the inauguration of fluoridation”
Type of:
beginning, commencement, start
the act of starting something

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