[ suhn ]
/ sʌn /
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 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.
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Origin of son
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
OTHER WORDS FROM sonsonless, adjectivesonlike, adjective
Definition for son (2 of 2)
variant of soni- before a vowel: sonance.
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British Dictionary definitions for son (1 of 2)
/ (sʌn) /
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
Other words from sonRelated adjective: filial
Derived forms of sonsonless, adjectivesonlike, adjective
Word Origin for son
Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu
British Dictionary definitions for son (2 of 2)
/ (sʌn) /
Christianity the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
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Idioms and Phrases with son
In addition to the idiom beginning with son
- song and dance
- son of a bitch
- favorite son
- like father, like son
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