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a person born in a particular place: The delegation from Iowa nominated a native son.

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Origin of native son

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35

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Native Son

noun

a novel (1940) by Richard Wright.
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Cultural definitions for native son

Native Son

(1940) A novel by African-American author Richard Wright about a young black man whose life is destroyed by poverty and racism.

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