Merriam-Webster adds 'Second Gentleman' to the dictionary
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Merriam-Webster added an entry for “Second Gentleman” this month after Vice President Harris’s husband, Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - What the CDC's updated mask guidance means The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE, became the first male spouse of a president or vice president.

The dictionary noted that several states have had “second gentlemen” married to their respective governors, but “it’s finally common enough to have met our entry criteria.” 

“In concert with a new family’s arrival at Number One Observatory Circle, on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory, the term Second Gentleman has finally met our criteria for dictionary entry. Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE’s husband, Douglas Craig Emhoff, is the first Second Gentleman the United States has ever had,” Merriam-Webster said in a statement announcing its update of 520 new words in January.


Emhoff lauded the move on Twitter, saying that “I might be the first, but I won’t be the last.”

Emhoff is also the first Jewish spouse of a president or vice president.

The attorney, who is serving as a Georgetown Law faculty member, pledged last week that he will build on the “legacy of progress” from the second ladies who came before him. 

“I'll always remember generations of women have served in this role before me—often without much accolade or acknowledgment," he tweeted.