- a male child or person in relation to his parents.
- a male child or person adopted as a son; a person in the legal position of a son.
- any male descendant: a son of the Aztecs.
- a son-in-law.
- a person related as if by ties of sonship.
- a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.: a true son of the soil.
- a familiar term of address to a man or boy from an older person, an ecclesiastic, etc.
- the Son, the second person of the Trinity; Jesus Christ.
Origin of son
Examples from the Web for sonless
You do not yet know what it is to have a sonless son in peril.Vittoria, Complete
Surely, sonless as I am, it is the gods that have sent him unto me!'The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2
Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
And that same (king) of a dreaded name was sonless, O descendant of Bharata!Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1
Spake the ancient Dhrita-rashtra, father of a hundred sons, Sonless now and sorrow-stricken, dark his ebbing life-tide runs!Maha-bharata
Being a sonless father, he thinks of the sons who have no fathers to do for them what he was so fain to do for his.In a Little Town
- a male offspring; a boy or man in relation to his parents
- a male descendant
- (often capital) a familiar term of address for a boy or man
- a male from a certain country, place, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environmenta son of the circus; a son of the manse
- Christianity the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
Word Origin and History for sonless
Old English sunu "son, descendant," from Proto-Germanic *sunuz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian sunu, Old Norse sonr, Danish søn, Swedish son, Middle Dutch sone, Dutch zoon, Old High German sunu, German Sohn, Gothic sunus "son").
The Germanic words are from PIE *su(e)-nu- "son" (cf. Sanskrit sunus, Greek huios, Avestan hunush, Armenian ustr, Lithuanian sunus, Old Church Slavonic synu, Russian and Polish syn "son"), a derived noun from root *seue- (1) "to give birth" (cf. Sanskrit sauti "gives birth," Old Irish suth "birth, offspring"). Son of _____ as the title of a sequel to a book or movie is recorded from 1929 ("Son of Tarzan").