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maiden voyage

noun
1.
the first voyage of a ship after its acceptance by the owners from the builders.
Origin of maiden voyage
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • People might be surprised that during that period “maiden voyage,” one of your most well-loved standards, began as a TV jingle.

Historical Examples
  • 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.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The Saturn was a brand-new ship, this being her maiden voyage.

  • Most of the debt is from the building of Artemis, and her maiden voyage won't have fetched enough to satisfy it.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • But he did not volunteer to be one of those to man the Petrel on her maiden voyage.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • As the Waterlily she was first known, and under that name sailed her maiden voyage in the opium-trade, and beat the record.

  • His maiden voyage as skipper of his own ship made that reputation for the man.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • When the super-plane was ready for its maiden voyage, its crew of three studied it as it lay in the catapult at the portal.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • July 2nd, 1910, the count and four assistants in the cars, started on the 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

noun
1.
(nautical) the first voyage of a vessel
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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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