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.

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

sonless, adjective
sonlike, adjective Unabridged


variant of soni- before a vowel: sonance. Unabridged
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son (sʌn)
1.  a male offspring; a boy or man in relation to his parents
2.  a male descendant
3.  (often capital) a familiar term of address for a boy or man
4.  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
Related: filial
[Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu]

Son (sʌn)
Christianity the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sunu "son," from P.Gmc. *sunuz (cf. O.S., O.Fris. sunu, O.N. sonr, Dan. søn, Swed. son, M.Du. sone, Du. zoon, O.H.G. sunu, Ger. Sohn, Goth. sunus "son"), from PIE *sunu-/*sunyu- (cf. Skt. sunus, Gk. huios, Avestan hunush, Armenian ustr, Lith. sunus, O.C.S. synu, Rus., Pol. syn "son"), from
root *su- "to give birth" (cf. Skt. sauti "gives birth," O.Ir. suth "birth, offspring"). Sonny as a familiar form of address to one younger or inferior is from 1870. Son of _____ as the title of a sequel to a book or movie is recorded from 1929.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with son, also see favorite son; like father, like son.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences for son
He was the son of king henry viii by his third wife, jane seymour.
When jeroboam died, his son, nadab, took over as king of israel.
Yule took her son to the audition after applying burnt cork to his scalp.
She requests for one of the men to accompany her to reclaim her son.
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