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
  1. adjective

    occurring at or characteristic of a formal investiture or induction

    “the President’s
    inaugural address”
    inaugural ball”
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    occurring at or marking the close of a term of office

    of a speech expressing leave-taking
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  2. adjective

    serving to set in motion

    “the magazine’s
    inaugural issue”
    first, initiative, initiatory, maiden


    first or beginning
  3. noun

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

    inaugural address
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    type of:

    address, speech

    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

  4. noun

    the ceremonial induction into a position

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    type of:

    induction, initiation, installation

    a formal entry into an organization or position or office

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