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 and Milley saluted the soldiers, while the first lady and O’Brien stood with their hands over their hearts for the dignified transfer of remains. Washington Post, "Trump pays respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan," 22 Nov. 2019 The first lady opened the White House to a group of young people from the Truth Initiative in October to tell her about their experiences with vaping., "Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens - The Boston Globe," 19 Nov. 2019 The first lady opened the White House to a group of young people from the Truth Initiative in October to tell her about their experiences with vaping. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Trump backing off plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes because he fears losing votes," 18 Nov. 2019 Melania Trump, the first lady, filed an identical document. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump is changing his official residence from New York to Florida," 1 Nov. 2019 Melania Trump, the first lady, also changed her residence to Palm Beach in an identical document. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump, Lifelong New Yorker, Declares Himself a Resident of Florida," 31 Oct. 2019 President Donald Trump and the first lady marked the moment the first World Trade Center tower was hit, at 8:46 a.m. ET, with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House. Eric Levenson, CNN, "18 years later, Americans stop to remember the September 11 attacks," 11 Sep. 2019 The Diamondbacks first lady, the wife of team President and CEO Derrick Hall, was fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer. Greg Moore, azcentral, "If the Diamondbacks are sellers, this homestand could be the last chance to see these guys," 18 July 2019 From Abigail Adams on, first ladies have weighed in on public debates, political appointments, and even whether the nation should go to war. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'first lady.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of first lady

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about first lady

Time Traveler for first lady

Time Traveler

The first known use of first lady was in 1677

See more words from the same year

Statistics for first lady

Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“First lady.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for first lady

first lady


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on first lady

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with first lady

Spanish Central: Translation of first lady Encyclopedia article about first lady

Comments on first lady

What made you want to look up first lady? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to constrict the range or activity of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!