maiden voyage

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

Origin of maiden voyage

First recorded in 1900–05

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

How to use maiden voyage in a sentence

  • He had had his fair fraction in the form of a crowd of enthusiastic friends who came to see him off on his maiden voyage.

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  • THE ship's company was of a character befitting the greatest of all vessels and worthy of the occasion of her maiden voyage.

  • He has made it a custom to be a passenger on the maiden voyage of every new ship built by the White Star Line.

British Dictionary definitions for maiden voyage

maiden voyage

  1. nautical the first voyage of a vessel

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Other 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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