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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After a couple of quick handshakes, the president and first lady stood for the U.S. national anthem, hands over their hearts. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 July 2018 President Donald Trump and first lady Melania offered their condolences in a statement that honored Bush’s achievements promoting literacy. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92," 18 Apr. 2018 Once again, Melania Trump has stepped onto the international stage in the traditional role of first lady: an emissary of the American people, a symbol of our collective humanity - and a fashion mannequin of soft diplomacy. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 The Sun’s article was published just as a lavish black-tie dinner that Mrs. May was hosting for Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, at Blenheim Palace was breaking up, and guests in formal gowns and tuxedos were leaving the estate. New York Times, "As May’s Government Teeters Over Brexit, Trump Gives It a Shove," 12 July 2018 In April 2009, just months after taking office, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, met the queen at Buckingham Palace. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump, Melania to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle during UK visit," 6 July 2018 That’s a stark contrast to the auction market, where buyers snap up anything relating to the former first lady, from her letters to her underwear. Jennifer Schuessler, The Seattle Times, "Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes for Dallas found, starting a quiet tug of war," 2 July 2018 Pierre has styled the three preceding first ladies: Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "All eyes on Melania Trump's attire for expected Arizona visit," 28 June 2018 His 1976 musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, written with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, explored race relations through the voices of occupants of the White House — presidents, first ladies, as well as servants. Peter Dobrin,, "Leonard Bernstein's daughter tells Philly: My dad would love 'Hamilton' and be 'a little jealous'," 28 June 2018

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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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