favorite son

noun

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

an athlete who is one of New York's favorite sons
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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of favorite son was in 1788

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“Favorite son.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite%20son. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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