Definition of first family in English:

first family

noun

  • 1A family considered to rank first in social prestige or pedigree in a particular place.

    • ‘It was also a way of establishing the lineage of the country's first families, since the length of time one's family had occupied the land often became a measure of status.’
    • ‘She may not be in active politics yet, but being a member of India's first family, her movements are still the subject of lively living-room chatter, much like Prince William in Britain.’
    • ‘If, as they say, Christmas is a time for family, then the first family of Celtic music in Alberta, The McDades, is doing it up right.’
    • ‘When his first wife died, he picked a second from another of Virginia's first families (the Byrds), and when she died he did so yet again (this time a Beale).’
    • ‘Indeed, he makes no secret of the assistance he received from Iran's first family of cinema.’
    • ‘As a Randolph, Nancy belonged to a first family of Virginia.’
    • ‘‘They are one of the first families of West Virginia racing,’ said Charles Town Chief Steward Danny Wright.’
    1. 1.1 The family of the president of the US or of the governor of a US state, or of the chief executive of another political unit.
      • ‘However, none of former presidents or vice presidents arrived to greet the first family.’
      • ‘It's not a private matter when the children of the nation's first family break the law.’
      • ‘It's beautifully situated because it's right opposite the elevator so the president and first family can just walk across.’
      • ‘We're very close to the first family and to the governor of California.’
      • ‘On that note, at this time let me invite our readers to consider submitting essays on a topic pertaining to presidential history, the White House, first families, or a similar topic.’
      • ‘President Bush arrived here in Texas a couple of days ago, accompanied by the first family, Laura Bush, of course, the first lady, and their twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush.’
      • ‘The author devotes considerable attention to presidential pastimes and the recreation habits of the first families.’
      • ‘As you said, Nic, the first family headed outside Washington to an elementary school to talk about the programs.’
      • ‘After accounting for income tax and government transfers, the first family's net income is $42,860.’
      • ‘The President and first family had been moved immediately again to a secure holding facility in an underground location and so would be able to survive whatever the madman had planned.’
      • ‘Heading the Houston entourage are, of course, first family members - former President and first lady George and Barbara Bush and Neil and Maria Bush, who are bunking at the White House.’
      • ‘The swimming outing did not take place until one year later when the first family found themselves in a retreat in Tampaksiring presidential palace in Bali.’
      • ‘Oh the first family and the main Presidential staff were already moved to a safe location, but the stadium evacuation was moving along nicely, keeping Eric in the dark, at least for the time being.’
      • ‘Indeed, it could be said he is obsessed with the first family of American politics.’
      • ‘Her painting, Music at the White House: The President's Own was commissioned by the first family as the cover for their holiday invitations.’
      • ‘On the night of the 2004 presidential elections, Draper was the only photographer with the first family for the entire evening.’

Pronunciation

first family