in·au·gu·ral (ĭn-ôgyər-əl, -gər-)
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an inauguration.
2. Initial; first: the inaugural issue of a magazine.
1. An inauguration.
2. A speech given by a person being formally inducted into office.
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