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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- first division,
- first down,
- first edition,
- first empire,
- first estate,
- first finger,
- first fleet,
- first floor,
- first four ships,
- first fruits
Origin of first family
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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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