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
Recent Examples on the Web Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump and their 14-year-old son Barron, tested positive for COVID-19 in the beginning of October and have all since recovered. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "More than 130 Secret Service officers infected with or exposed to COVID-19 after Trump campaign events: Report," 13 Nov. 2020 What’s next for soon-to-be former first lady Melania Trump? Briana Rice, USA TODAY, "'2020 has been a rough year': Christmas tree in Cincinnati comes with jokes," 11 Nov. 2020 But the election's outcome inspired disbelief in Slovenia, the homeland of first lady Melania Trump. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Europe celebrates Biden win with fireworks, church bells," 8 Nov. 2020 Unconventional and unpredictable, first lady Melania Trump now faces the task of vacating the White House and deciding what the next phase of her life will look like. Maria Puente, USA Today, "What’s next for soon-to-be former first lady Melania Trump?," 8 Nov. 2020 The president, first lady Melania Trump and several other people in Trump’s orbit have fallen ill and recovered. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden edges closer to win as Pennsylvania focus intensifies," 7 Nov. 2020 The president, first lady Melania Trump and several other people in Trump’s orbit have fallen ill and recovered. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Joe Biden edges closer to win as Pennsylvania focus intensifies," 7 Nov. 2020 The president, first lady Melania Trump and several other people in Trump's orbit have fallen ill and recovered. Arkansas Online, "Biden edges closer to win as Pennsylvania focus intensifies," 7 Nov. 2020 Meadows' diagnosis comes just over a month after more than two dozen people connected the White House contracted COVID-19, including President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron. CBS News, "White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive for COVID-19," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of first lady

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“First lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20lady. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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first lady

noun

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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