maiden speech

maiden speech
the first speech made in a legislature by a newly elected member.
[1785-95]

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maiden speech noun
A person's first speech, esp that of an MP in Parliament
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Main Entry:maiden

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maiden speech UK US noun [countable] [singular maiden speech plural maiden speeches]
the first speech that a politician makes in Parliament after being elected for the first time
Thesaurus: speeches and parts of speechessynonym general words for ceremonieshyponym

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maiden speech,
the first speech delivered by a member of a legislative assembly, especially one delivered in the House of Commons by a member of Parliament.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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Synonyms:
(in public)


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  • Maiden speech — Maiden Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maiden speech — maiden speeches N COUNT A politician s maiden speech is the first speech that he or she makes in parliament after becoming a member of it. [BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • maiden speech — noun count the first speech that a politician makes after being elected for the first time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Maiden speech — (engl., spr. mēden ßpītsch), s. Jungfernrede …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Maiden speech — (engl., spr. mehd n spihtsch), Jungfernrede, die erstmalige Rede eines Versammlungsmitgliedes …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Maiden speech — A maiden speech is the first speech given by a newly elected or appointed member of a legislature or parliament. Traditions surrounding maiden speeches vary from country to country. In many Westminster system governments, there is a convention… …   Wikipedia

  • maiden speech — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms maiden speech : singular maiden speech plural maiden speeches the first speech that a politician makes in Parliament after being elected for the first time …   English dictionary

  • maiden speech — {n. phr.} One s first public speech, usually before some legislative body. * /It was the new congressman s maiden speech and everyone was listening very keenly./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • maiden speech — {n. phr.} One s first public speech, usually before some legislative body. * /It was the new congressman s maiden speech and everyone was listening very keenly./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • maiden\ speech — n. phr. One s first public speech, usually before some legislative body. It was the new congressman s maiden speech and everyone was listening very keenly …   Словарь американских идиом

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