from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The wife or hostess of the chief executive of a country, state, or city.
  • n. The foremost woman of a specified profession or art: the first lady of the American theater.

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  • n. The leading woman in a specified field of endeavor.
  • n. Alternative spelling of First Lady.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the wife of a chief executive
  • n. the leading woman in an art or profession


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  • On her arrival at Brannan the formal transfer was solemnly made; and the Empress bade farewell to all her Austrian household, retaining in her service only her first lady of honor, Madame de Lajanski, who had reared her and never been absent from her.

    Recollections of the private life of Napoleon

  • And so she did too in that of the other capital, as first lady in the land, when I took tea at the Confederate White House in the closing days of the great upheaval, if "Yupon" could be called Bohea, or Okra seed

    Recollections and reflections : an auto of half a century and more,

  • Similar acronyms have sprung up: Scotus is journalese for “Supreme Court of the U.S.,” and more recently, the first lady became known to staffers as Flotus.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • She dramatises herself as the first lady of the district.

    Overture to Death

  • Dr. Budgell had been twice married, and by his first lady left five children living after him, three of whom were sons, Eustace, our author, Gilbert, a Clergyman, and William, the fellow of New College in Oxford.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Even the untamed and untamable Indian of the prairie, who can answer nothing but 'ugh' to great economic and civic questions is thought by some worthy to wield the ballot which is still denied the Puritan maid and the first lady of Virginia.

    A Voice From the South

  • Immediately after him follows the archduke next in the line of succession, now Francis-Ferdinand, or, failing him, Otto, leading the archduchess designated to take the place of the first lady of the land, and who at the present time is Archduchess Maria-Josepha, wife of Archduke Otto.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • I think it was a misusage: if the former first lady becomes the most powerful force in the Senate, then the elected leader of the Senate Democrats, Tom Daschle, would be derogated as merely the titular leader, which would imply that Senator Clinton held the real power.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Mrs. Bush is former first lady of the United States.

    A New Wave of National Parks

  • After the Marcoses received sanctuary in Hawaii, they tried several times to contact Nancy and me as well as Paul Laxalt in order to convince us that they were still the president and first lady of the Philippines.

    An American Life


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