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From French inaugural, from inaugurer, from Latin augurare (to take omens).


inaugural (not comparable)

  1. Of inauguration; as in a speech or lecture by the person being inaugurated.
    • 2008 August 21, Cape Times, p. 21:
      The University of Cape Town hosts an inaugural lecture by Professor Ian Scott [] on Wednesday at 8pm.
    • 2014 April 12, Michael Inwood, “Martin Heidegger: the philosopher who fell for Hitler [print version: Hitler's philosopher]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], London, page R11:
      In 1928 [Martin] Heidegger succeeded [Edmund] Husserl to take a chair at Freiburg and in his inaugural lecture made a pronouncement that earned him a reputation as an archetypal metaphysician with his claim that our awareness of people as a whole depends on our experience of dread in the face of nothingness.
  2. Marking the beginning of an operation, venture, etc.
    2009 was the inaugural season for New York Yankees' new stadium.



inaugural (plural inaugurals)

  1. An inauguration; a formal beginning.
    The inaugural of the President will take place in March.
  2. A formal speech given at the beginning of an office.
    • In his inaugural, President Obama proclaimed 'an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics'. ABC News' Teddy Davis on March 13, 2009.




inaugural m or f (plural inaugurais, comparable)

  1. being a first occurrence or event
  2. occurring during an inauguration



inaugural (plural inaugurales)

  1. inaugural