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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The first lady’s appearance came amid her return to the international stage after she was hospitalized in May for a kidney surgery and dropped out of sight for nearly a month. Sylvia Hui,, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowling," 13 July 2018 The first lady’s appearance came amid her return to the international stage after she was hospitalized in May for a kidney surgery and dropped out of sight for nearly a month. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Matier and RossKimberly Guilfoyle — SF’s former first lady — now spends time... Matier & Ross,, "London Breed stepping in as mayor of an unsettled city," 11 July 2018 In September of 2017, Melania Trump embarked on her first solo international trip under her husband's administration, a big step for the presidential spouse who has taken her time stepping into the role embraced by most modern first ladies. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Brief History of Donald Trump’s Controversial Interactions with the British Royal Family," 9 July 2018 Today’s birthdays: Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 89. Houston Chronicle, "Jokes on us: July 2," 1 July 2018 According to Suckabee’s tweets, a Virginia restaurant kindly asked that the first lady of defending the indefensible to kick rocks. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders Refused Service By Restaurant Then Cries White Tears on Twitter," 23 June 2018 Former first lady and fellow Texan Laura Bush even made an appearance on an episode as a guest. Caroline Kenny, CNN, "HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines' company fined $40,000 by EPA," 7 June 2018 Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes took to Facebook Thursday morning to explain her decision to file for bankruptcy. Hillary Borrud,, "Cylvia Hayes: 5 takeaways from her explanation of her bankruptcy plans," 7 June 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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