- being the first generation of a family to be born in a particular country.
- being a naturalized citizen of a particular country; immigrant: the child of first-generation Americans.
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Examples from the Web for first-generation
In 1964, Sinatra signed a contract with the Learjet Corporation to buy one of their first-generation private jets.Frank Sinatra and the Birth of the Jet Set
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There is ample proof, for instance, that first-generation immigrants do not increase crime, they help to reduce it.Cardinal O'Malley: Pope Francis Knows Immigrants Are the Future of the Church
June 4, 2014
First-generation girls were scrubbing floors and helping out.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
My great-grandmother was a first-generation American and the mother of three small children.It’s Time for the Pro-Choice Community to Embrace the Word Abortion
January 22, 2013
Lena Ibrahim, a first-generation Palestinian-American, insisted that she was there more for human rights than ethnic solidarity.D.C. Protesters March For Gaza, Because That's All They Can Do
November 16, 2012