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foster son

a boy raised like one's own son, though not such by birth or adoption.
Origin of foster son
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first is addressed to King Niall his patron, and foster son.

  • "These are gifts from Harald to Einar's foster son," he said.

    King Alfred's Viking Charles W. Whistler
  • That was mostly my work, as I knew the tongue, and they knew me as Owen's foster son.

    A Prince of Cornwall Charles W. Whistler
  • Don Pedro became very proud of his foster son, received him to his family, and treated him as though he were his own child.

  • Presently I overtook Givens' foster son, who was hurrying forward as fast as he could.

    Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman

    Willie Walker Caldwell
  • Torquil, whose eye never quitted his foster son, saw his emotion, and looked anxiously around to discover the cause.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • Thine own foster son, Innsa, defended the ford against many foes, whose bodies now encumber the stream.

  • When Svend would have followed, it was the Lady Inge who scuttled his ship by night and gave her foster son the start he needed.

  • And this with my commendation for the wisdom of your choice, and my fervent blessing upon my foster son and daughter.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Now, what shall be given to the man who betrayed to death the foster son who believed in him as in himself?'

    King Olaf's Kinsman Charles Whistler

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