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Difference between First lady and First woman

first lady, the

1. the wife of a president:

  • The first lady carries no official duties…. Nonetheless, she attends many official ceremonies.

2. a woman who is most important or better than any other at smth.:

  • Dubbed the “First Lady of Song,” Fitzgerald has clearly earned her title.

3. (U.S. diners) spare ribs:

  • The phrase “first lady” meaning “spare ribs” was a pun referring to Eve. The Bible describes her as being made of one of Adam’s ribs.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase leading lady, the—the chief actress in a theatrical company or a film:

  • Mme du Chatelet always took the part of the leading lady, dressed up to kill and covered with diamonds.

first woman, the

1. (also: prima donna) the principal female singer in an opera:

  • The part of the first woman in an intermezzo was filled by a very promising singer.

2. = first lady, the 1:

  • Considering Hillary Clinton’s ambitious agenda, they found themselves reluctant to criticize the First Woman’s conventional version of feminism.

3. is used with reference to Biblical Eve:

  • However, disagreement starts soon after the creation of the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve.