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maiden speech Explained

maiden speech at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

19 Moby Thesaurus words for "maiden speech":
coming out, curtain raiser, debut, embarkation, embarkment,
first appearance, floating, flotation, inaugural address,
inauguration, induction, initiation, installation, installment,
introduction, launching, opener, preliminary, unveiling

maiden speech at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Beginning): beginning, start, commencement, opening, outset, incipience, inception, introduction, precursor, alpha, initial, inauguration, debut, embarcation, rising of the curtain, maiden speech, outbreak, onset.

Maiden speech at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? --Shak.

2. Never having been married; not having had sexual
intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but
sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt. ``A surprising
old maiden lady.'' --Thackeray.

3. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
``Maiden flowers.'' --Shak.

Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword.
--Shak.

4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been
captured, or violated. -- T. Warton. Macaulay.

{Maiden assize} (Eng. Law), an assize which there is no
criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with
blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to
present the judge with a pair of white gloves. --Smart.

{Maiden name}, the surname of a woman before her marriage.

{Maiden pink}. (Bot.) See under {Pink}.

{Maiden plum} (Bot.), a West Indian tree ({Comocladia
integrifolia}) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree
is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain.

{Maiden speech}, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a
new member in a public body.

{Maiden tower}, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.