Origin of son-in-law

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of son-in-law

Historical Examples of son-in-law

  • She could not read, and would trust no one but her son-in-law to read it to her.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Knife, however, must promise to leave his land to his son-in-law in case he died.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • My reason is that I wish to have a son-in-law who will suit my wants.

  • Very willingly, Sir, if it is all that is required to become your son-in-law.

  • In your choice of a son-in-law you should not blindly follow the anger which masters you.

British Dictionary definitions for son-in-law


noun plural sons-in-law
  1. the husband of one's daughter
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Word Origin and History for son-in-law

late 14c., from son + in-law.

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