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first gentleman

[ furst-jen-tl-muhn ]
/ ˈfɜrst ˈdʒɛn tl mən /
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noun, plural first gen·tle·men.

Often First Gentleman . the husband of the U.S. president or a current governor or mayor.
Often First Gentleman . the husband of the head of any country.
the foremost man in any art, profession, or the like: the first gentleman of film.

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Also Informal, first gent [furst-jent] /ˈfɜrst ˈdʒɛnt/ .

Origin of first gentleman

First recorded in 1920–25; after first lady
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