Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Second Gentleman’ To Describe Doug Emhoff’s Role

Merriam-Webster dictionary has added the word second gentleman to the dictionary to describe the role of Doug Emhoff the husband of the vice president of the United States of America.

Merriam-Webster Adds 'Second Gentleman' To Describe Doug Emhoff's Role

Merriam-Webster Adds 'Second Gentleman' To Describe Doug Emhoff's Role
The dictionary defined the term as “the husband or male partner of a vice president or second in command of a country or jurisdiction.” Webster said the first use of the term was in 1976 and several state governor’s partners have been state gentlemen. “The term is not new, but it’s finally common enough to have met our entry criteria,’’ the company said. The second gentleman also acknowledged the addition of the dictionary by tweeting about it. He wrote: “Well, now it’s official.”

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