maiden voyage

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

Origin:
1900–05

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maiden voyage
 
n
nautical the first voyage of a vessel

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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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Example sentences
They said it was unsinkable, yet ice sunk it on its maiden voyage.
It was unusual to have invited him on a maiden voyage with a freshly trained crew.
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