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native son

noun
1.
a person born in a particular place:
The delegation from Iowa nominated a native son.
Origin of native son
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism

Native Son

noun
1.
a novel (1940) by Richard Wright.
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  • He turned his eyes upon the native son and spoke in Spanish.

  • His pride and hopes for America are as intense as any native son's.

  • I remember saying once to a young man—just in passing and merely to make conversation: "Are you a native son?"

    The Californiacs Inez Haynes Irwin
  • How could she symbolize the dead of Canadian wars when he, Adua, was a native son?

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • "So I think we can both safely consider ourselves top-hands when it comes to lying," the native son went on shamelessly.

    Flying U Ranch B. M. Bower
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Native Son definition


(1940) A novel by African-American author Richard Wright about a young black man whose life is destroyed by poverty and racism.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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