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 president and first lady Melania Trump celebrated their son Barron’s 13th birthday with dinner on the patio of Mar-a-Lago on Friday night. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019 None of this seemed to faze the president much, who posted a video on Thursday of himself and first lady Melania Trump smiling and shaking hands with troops at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, underscored with patriotic music. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 Prince Charles is joined by politicians, including President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, and numerous public figures at the service. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Has Arrived at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition to dropping an epic Netflix documentary and an accompanying 40-track album, Beyoncé also found the time to honor former first lady Michelle Obama for Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Penned a Touching Essay About Michelle Obama for Time's Most Influential People 2019," 17 Apr. 2019 The March 19 request from the House Intelligence Committee was disclosed in a letter sent to a lawyer for the inaugural committee this week by an attorney for Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania Trump who served... Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "House Panel Seeks to Interview Top Organizer of Trump Inauguration," 3 Apr. 2019 During an event in the Rose Garden on Monday, Melania Trump will formally announce her platform as first lady, just 16 months into her tenure. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Melania, Who Swats Trump’s Hand Away, Might Not Like Spending Time With Him," 7 May 2018 Her transformation into the admired and feared first lady of the Beltway is a heartening story. Les Hinton, WSJ, "Five Best: Les Hinton on the Giants of the Press," 28 Dec. 2018 Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States, was expected to visit Arizona on Thursday, potentially touching down in both Tucson and Phoenix. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Live updates: Melania Trump expected in Arizona for immigration visit," 28 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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