[ suhn ]
/ sʌn /


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

Related forms

son·less, adjectiveson·like, adjective

Definition for son (2 of 2)


variant of soni- before a vowel: sonance. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for son

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

Related forms

Related adjective: filial

Derived Forms

sonless, 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

also see:

  • favorite son
  • like father, like son

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