Definition of commencement:
offshoot, beginning, scratch line, arising, arrival, initiation, scratch, starting point, number 1, first, low gear, offset printing, morning, counterbalance, graduation, rise, jump, rootage, graduation exercise, send-off, first-class honours degree, first base, commencement ceremony, low, stolon, day one, induction, start-off, ceremonial, branch, showtime, kickoff, baseline, incipience, fountain, get-go, head start, setoff, commencement exercise, set-back, threshold, root, gradation, startle, leadoff, nascence, fount, runner, number one, appearance, origination, outgrowth, onset, outset, starting line, opening, offset, dedication, launch, starting signal, alpha, first gear, starting, start, starting time, incipiency, communicator.
- beginning (part of speech: noun)
celebration (part of speech: noun)
- "Thaddeus of Warsaw", Jane Porter.
- "A Letter from Major Robert Carmichael-Smyth to His Friend, the Author of 'The Clockmaker'", Robert Carmichael-Smyth.
Those which formed the commencement of this earthquake lasted for about 10 seconds, as shown by ordinary seismographs, and the vibrations had attained a range of a few millimetres before they affected the instrument in question.- "A Study of Recent Earthquakes", Charles Davison.