favorite son

noun
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of favorite son

1 : one favored by the delegates of his state as presidential candidate at a national political convention
2 : a famous person who is popular with hometown people

Examples of favorite son in a Sentence

  1. an athlete who is one of New York's favorite sons

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First Known Use of favorite son

1788

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FAVORITE SON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of favorite son for English Language Learners

  • : a well-known man (such as a political candidate or a celebrity) who is very popular in the area where he lives now or where he lived as a child


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