maiden speech

  1. the first speech made in a legislature by a newly elected member.

Origin of maiden speech

First recorded in 1785–95

Words Nearby maiden speech Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use maiden speech in a sentence

  • But, in his maiden speech to the Knesset, it was all about sharing the burden.

  • A member of parliament took occasion to make his maiden speech, on a question respecting the execution of a particular statute.

  • Recall his threat when coughed down on the occasion of his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • On March 11, 1853, after many months of silence, he made his maiden speech and proved himself an orator of the first rank.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • His maiden speech bore upon artistic copyright; but he rapidly became a power in much graver matters.

    Poems | Victor Hugo