maiden speech



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

Origin of maiden speech

First recorded in 1785–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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