favorite son


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

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an athlete who is one of New York's favorite sons
Recent Examples on the Web Biden was at home in PA When Biden has made official visits to Pennsylvania during the last several decades, he has been introduced as the state's favorite son. Candy Woodall, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania: Here's how he reclaimed his home state and the 'blue wall'," 7 Nov. 2020 Traverse City’s favorite son is Dan Majerle, the former Dream Team basketball player at Traverse City High and then All-American at CMU before being the 1988 Olympic team’s leading scorer and NBA All-Star with Phoenix. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "These are Son of Swami’s favorite nicknames, explained," 11 Sep. 2020 Minnesota favorite son Bob Dylan played the grandstand twice, and rock 'n' roll was permitted to take the stage in 1974. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Friday, September 4," 4 Sep. 2020 Can a Vonster and Colorado’s favorite son make some noise to advance? Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s greatest athlete bracket — recapping round one, previewing round two," 2 Apr. 2020 After the sale of his favorite son, Yosef (Joseph), Ya’akov’s other sons take Yosef’s garment of many colors and dip it in goat’s blood, convincing their father that Yosef had been devoured. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "The failings of parents can be corrected by their children," 25 Nov. 2019 But in Warren Harding's hometown of Marion, Ohio, the favorite son gets more favorable treatment. CBS News, "Sex, scandal and death in the White House," 23 Apr. 2012 Macon, Georgia, named a street after its favorite son. Anchorage Daily News, "Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87," 9 May 2020 Things got heated between brothers Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo on live TV over one big question: Who is really mom's favorite son? Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Chris Cuomo debates brother Andrew Cuomo over mom's 'favorite son' during CNN coronavirus coverage," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of favorite son

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Favorite son.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favorite%20son. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of favorite son

: 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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