maiden speech

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noun

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

Origin of maiden speech

First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for maiden speech

Historical Examples of maiden speech

  • 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