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son

[suhn] /sʌn/
noun
1.
a male child or person in relation to his parents.
2.
a male child or person adopted as a son; a person in the legal position of a son.
3.
any male descendant:
a son of the Aztecs.
4.
a son-in-law.
5.
a person related as if by ties of sonship.
6.
a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.:
a true son of the soil.
7.
a familiar term of address to a man or boy from an older person, an ecclesiastic, etc.
8.
the Son, the second person of the Trinity; Jesus Christ.
Origin
900
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

son-

1.
variant of soni- before a vowel:
sonance.
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Examples 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.
  • They had two children, a son who died three weeks after his birth and a daughter.
  • She requests for one of the men to accompany her to reclaim her son.
  • Examples of this included the parable of the prodigal son and lost sheep.
  • In law, the rule of inheritance whereby land descends to the oldest son.
  • He is the son of a businessman whose home is at haywards heath in the stockbroker belt.
  • The consequence was that the relations between father and son became more strained.
  • He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly.
British Dictionary definitions for son

son

/sʌn/
noun
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
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

Son

/sʌn/
noun
1.
(Christianity) the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
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Word Origin and History for son
son
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with son
In addition to the idiom beginning with
son
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