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noun U.S. Politics.
  1. (at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from his or her own state.
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Origin of favorite son

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Related Words for favorite son

applicant, competitor, nominee, contender, contestant, aspirant, successor, bidder, claimant, runner, hopeful, petitioner, possibility, seeker, entrant, suitor, pothunter, stumper, write-in, handshaker

British Dictionary definitions for favorite son

favorite son

noun
  1. (in the US) a politician popular in his home state but little admired beyond it
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favorite son in Culture

favorite son

A political figure nominated for the presidency by his or her state's delegation to the national nominating convention of a major party. Favorite sons are rarely serious candidates for the party's nomination. By nominating a favorite son, the delegation honors its nominee while delaying its commitment until the more serious contenders for the nomination can be sorted out.

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Idioms and Phrases with favorite son

favorite son

A person valued by his or her hometown or organization for his or her achievements, usually political, as in Mary hoped they would treat her as a favorite son and nominate her for state senator. This term was originally employed for a candidate nominated for office by his own locality. Today this usage may ignore gender, as in the example. [c. 1780]

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