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[suhn] /sʌn/
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
before 900; Middle English sone, Old English sunu; cognate with Dutch zoon, German Sohn, Old Norse sunr, sonr, Gothic sunus, Lithuanian sūnùs, Sanskrit sūnus; akin to Greek huiós
Related forms
sonless, adjective
sonlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sons
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  • Wisdom exalteth her sons, and taketh hold of them that seek her.

  • But it was Odin who brought it from the place where it was hidden and gave it to the sons of men.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • How can you have peace with God, if you leave no peace for your sons—no peace, no pride, no place on earth?

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • One after the other, his eleven sons strained to draw out the stranger's sword.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • As they did not find him, his sons and his sons-in-law went into the fields and roads.

    From a Swedish Homestead Selma Lagerlf
British Dictionary definitions for sons


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 environment: a son of the circus, a son of the manse
adjective filial
Derived Forms
sonless, adjective
sonlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu


(Christianity) the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
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Word Origin and History for sons



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").

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Idioms and Phrases with sons


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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