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maiden voyage

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noun
  1. the first voyage of a ship after its acceptance by the owners from the builders.
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Origin of maiden voyage

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for maiden voyage

maiden voyage

noun
  1. nautical the first voyage of a vessel
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Idioms and Phrases with maiden voyage

maiden voyage

The first experience, as in This tennis tournament is my maiden voyage in statewide competition. This term, originally meaning the first voyage of a ship, was first recorded in 1901, but the use of maiden to signify “the first time” dates from the mid-1500s.

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