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maiden speech

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

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples

  • My maiden-speech is a triumphant one, for the gentleman in seaweed has nothing to offer in reply save an immitigable roaring.

    Twice Told Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne