- a descendant.
- Also cion. a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
Origin of scion
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Examples from the Web for scion
He was a scion of immense wealth, a civil rights activist, and an art collector and patron.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
The party will need to do much, much more than replace one scion with another if it is ever to come back to national prominence.Modi Crushes Gandhi in India’s Election Landslide
May 16, 2014
Sharif, 63, was born into money as the scion of a very wealthy family in Lahore.Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Comeback Kid
May 14, 2013
Danielle then claimed she was being “bullied” by Jo and Virginia, the scion of a “fish and chip dynasty,” over the incident.Meet the Dublin Housewives
January 29, 2013
From inexpensive models like the Scion to the upscale Lexus, sales were strong across the board.U.S. Car Sales Continue Their Rise in September
October 2, 2012
With his usual activity he sprang forward and the scion of chivalry ran.Cleveland Past and Present
And this of all the professions is the one on which he would graft his scion of lofty morality?The Book of Khalid
That scion of the Italian nobility, Signor Carella, sat opposite.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
This very much facilitates the placing together of stock and scion.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
He was not the offspring of some criminal, but the scion of a noble Virginia house!Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
- a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft
Word Origin and History for scion
c.1300, "a shoot or twig," especially one for grafting, from Old French sion, cion "descendant; shoot, twig; offspring" (12c., Modern French scion, Picard chion), of uncertain origin. OED rejects derivation from Old French scier "to saw." Perhaps a diminutive from Frankish *kid-, from Proto-Germanic *kidon-, from PIE *geie- "to sprout, split, open" (see chink (n.1)). Figurative use is attested from 1580s in English; meaning "an heir, a descendant" is from 1814, from the "family tree" image.
- A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.