first family



a family having the highest or one of the highest social ranks in a given place.
(often initial capital letters) the family of the president of the U.S. or the family of the governor of a state.
a family descended from a colonist or early settler in a country, region, etc.: one of the first families of Virginia.

Nearby words

  1. first division,
  2. first down,
  3. first edition,
  4. first empire,
  5. first estate,
  6. first finger,
  7. first fleet,
  8. first floor,
  9. first four ships,
  10. first fruits

Origin of first family

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for first family

  • You ain't an old maid; no, nor a Boston first-family widow, neither.

    Mary-'Gusta|Joseph C. Lincoln