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son

1

[ suhn ]

noun

  1. a male child or person in relation to his parents.
  2. a male child or person adopted as a son; a person in the legal position of a son.
  3. any male descendant:

    a son of the Aztecs.

  4. a son-in-law.
  5. a person related as if by ties of sonship.
  6. a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.:

    a true son of the soil.

  7. a familiar term of address to a man or boy from an older person, an ecclesiastic, etc.
  8. the Son, the second person of the Trinity; Jesus Christ.


son-

2
  1. variant of soni- before a vowel:

    sonance.

Son

1

/ sʌn /

noun

  1. Christianity the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ


son

2

/ sʌn /

noun

  1. a male offspring; a boy or man in relation to his parents
  2. a male descendant
  3. often capital a familiar term of address for a boy or man
  4. 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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsonless, adjective
  • ˈsonˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • sonless adjective
  • sonlike adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of son1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of son1

Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu

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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the idiom beginning with son , also see favorite son ; like father, like son .

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Example Sentences

The use of slurs from both characters makes it clear just how “new” the idea of an openly gay son is even in this time.

This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.

“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.

This is about no longer accepting that—as so many others have stated—a family would rather have a dead son than a living daughter.

Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.

Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.

My son,” said Grabantak one evening to Chingatok, “if we are henceforth to live in peace, why not unite and become one nation?

Twice a year the formal invitation was sent out by the old nobleman to his only son, and to his two nephews.

And Melchizedek is here declared to be “a great man,” “assimilated unto the Son of God.”

He had meted out stern justice to his own son, when he had banished big Reginald to South America; but he had his virtues.

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