first family


noun

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.

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Origin of first family

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Example sentences 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