- 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
- variant of soni- before a vowel: sonance.
Related Words for sonboy, heir, offspring, descendant, relative, sibling, child, dependent, junior, scion, lad, male, disciple, native, fils, ben
Examples from the Web for son
Contemporary Examples of son
“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Among the other graduates was Officer Kevin Lynch, brother and son of police officers.
He stood holding his 21-month-old son, Jamison, his wife, Kelly, at his side.
His son, Yaqoob Bizenjo, served as a member of the National Assembly until 2013.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of son
We met the son and the old man at one of their mines yesterday.
He has obtained from his son a solemn promise never to speak to me of marriage.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Here he had prestige because he was the son of Daniel Bines, organiser and man of affairs.
The elder Milbrey, too, had met her at his son's suggestion.
The Milbreys, father and son, came up and greeted the group on the piazza.
- 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
Word Origin for son
- Christianity the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
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").
In addition to the idiom beginning with son
- song and dance
- son of a bitch
- favorite son
- like father, like son