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[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 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
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
sonless, adjective
sonlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sons
  • The couple have three sons and currently reside in beverly hills, california.
  • They eventually had three sons, but their first child together was a girl, emma.
  • And in all deceitful wickedness for those designated sons of destruction.
  • It is the only monument known to have been erected by the sons of liberty.
  • It became common practice to subinfeudate to the younger sons.
  • He was their third child their two previous sons died in infancy.
  • His peers were mostly the sons of affluent priests, officials, and merchants.
  • All four sons continued to collect monies from that fund until their deaths.
  • He attacked the city, but was soundly defeated, and he and his sons were killed.
  • Chris had previously expressed an interest in and influence from giant sons.
British Dictionary definitions for sons


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 environment: a son of the circus, a son of the manse
adjective filial
Derived Forms
sonless, adjective
sonlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu


(Christianity) the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
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Word Origin and History for sons



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").

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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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