first lady

noun, often capitalized F&L

Definition of first lady

1 : the wife or hostess of the chief executive of a country or jurisdiction
2 : the leading woman of an art or profession

Examples of first lady in a Sentence

The President and the First Lady attended the concert. the first lady of American dance

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Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile won three Grammys apiece, and former first lady Michelle Obama was a surprise guest at the top of the show on CBS. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 Barbara wrote the book on how to be a great first lady. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Jim Baker's Eulogy for His Close Friend, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, last month Netflix enlisted President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to produce content for the streaming giant. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Apple and Oprah Winfrey Inked a Multi-Year Content Deal. Who's the Big Winner?," 15 June 2018 Book publishers have some reasons for optimism these days, with an uptick in print unit sales, and promising new titles like a coming memoir from former first lady Michelle Obama and a thriller from former President Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Book Retailing Woes Undercut Excitement Over Clinton, Obama Titles," 4 June 2018 Giusti formed Brigaid to offer more wholesome food choices to students and ditch the frozen, processed meals that have dominated school menus — an idea pursued by other chefs and former first lady Michelle Obama. Dave Collins,, "‘Throwdown’ focuses on healthy, cheap school lunches," 31 May 2018 Former first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the 2018 American Library Assn. Michael Schaub,, "Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at a national book conference in June," 8 May 2018 One of the first lady's nephews was serving as PDVSA's vice president of finance at the time the loan was repaid to Eaton. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Maduro's stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case," 24 Aug. 2018 The Trumps spent 23 minutes visiting with Bush and his wife Laura, by all accounts a cordial meeting in which the former president exchanged kisses on the cheek with the current first lady at the curb. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of first lady

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of first lady

: the wife of the U.S. president
: a woman who has great importance, influence, or success in a specified activity or profession

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