in·au·gu·ra·tion /-ˌnɔgjəˈreʃən, gə-/
1. The act of inuagurating, or inducting into office with solemnity; investiture by appropriate ceremonies.
At his regal inauguration, his old father resigned the kingdom to him. --Sir T. Browne.
2. The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.
n 1: the act of starting a new operation or practice; "he opposed
the inauguration of fluoridation"; "the startup of the
new factory was delayed by strikes" [syn: startup]
2: the ceremonial induction into a position; "the new president
obviously enjoyed his inauguration" [syn: inaugural]