a descendant or heir, especially of a wealthy or powerful family: She's a familiar face in this Wyoming town, the third-generation scion of a cattle-ranching family.The two men were scions of the most powerful dynasties in the world.
Sometimes ci·on . a shoot or twig, especially one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.
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How to use scion in a sentence
Meijer, the scion of the eponymous Midwestern grocery chain family, is hoping his sizable financial advantage can save him.Will 3 Pro-Impeachment House Republicans Survive Tuesday’s Primaries? | Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com) | August 2, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
Washington also slapped penalties on the scion of the Kyaw Thaung family, who the New York Times reported has strong ties to the Myanmar military and helped it procure equipment.Sanctions Won't Hurt Myanmar's Brutal Leaders, Activists Say. Here's What Could | Chad de Guzman | February 1, 2022 | Time
The cycle plays out all over again but with a new, young scion.Where Succession Can Go From Here After the Season 3 Finale | Andrew R. Chow | December 13, 2021 | Time
The scion of a wealthy Florida family, Greenberg, now 36, had swept into the Seminole County tax collector’s office in 2016 with a partially self-funded campaign, defeating longtime incumbent and fellow Republican Ray Valdes on the promise of reform.How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz | Matt Zapotosky, Michael Scherer | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
The contemporary State Department is the scion of America’s first intelligence and diplomatic organization, the Committee of Secret Correspondence.Mixing diplomacy and spying would be poor strategy for U.S. | Jeff Rogg | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
He was a scion of immense wealth, a civil rights activist, and an art collector and patron.
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.
The rock star scion became one of the loudest voices of her generation; prolific on social media and in the British press.Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rock Star Bob Geldof, Dies at 25 | Nico Hines, Tom Sykes | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A DuPont family scion was convicted of sexually assaulting his daughter but received no jail time.
Sharif, 63, was born into money as the scion of a very wealthy family in Lahore.
Such an alliance was not to be tolerated for a moment, in connection with the last scion of his name and race.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Personally, I enjoyed the frank, untrammelled and prodigiously accomplished scion of a vulgar race.Jaffery | William J. Locke
Doctor Bataille, poor man, is the scion of an ordinary ancestry within the narrow limits of flesh and blood.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
The compulsory subdivision of estates at the death of the owner enables every scion to live, if not to thrive, on the home stock.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
Why, I assumed that your quest of the quack's scion would have trained you down fit for anything.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for scion
a descendant, heir, or young member of a family
a shoot or twig of a plant used to form a graft
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Scientific definitions for scion
A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
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