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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. 2017.
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  • He turned his eyes upon the native son and spoke in Spanish.

  • His pride and hopes for America are as intense as any native son's.

  • I remember saying once to a young man—just in passing and merely to make conversation: "Are you a native son?"

    The Californiacs Inez Haynes Irwin
  • How could she symbolize the dead of Canadian wars when he, Adua, was a native son?

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • "So I think we can both safely consider ourselves top-hands when it comes to lying," the native son went on shamelessly.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
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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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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