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native son

a person born in a particular place:
The delegation from Iowa nominated a native son.
Origin of native son
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35

Native Son

a novel (1940) by Richard Wright. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His pride and hopes for America are as intense as any native son's.

  • How could she symbolize the dead of Canadian wars when he, Adua, was a native son?

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • Indeed, when it comes to the native son, I yield the privilege of praise to no one.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
  • For this inflexible moment, however, my subject is the native son.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
  • But there is a great deal more to the native son than mere comeliness.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
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Native Son definition

(1940) A novel by African-American author Richard Wright about a young black man whose life is destroyed by poverty and racism.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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