favorite son

noun

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

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

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The 34-year-old Iguodala has always taken great pride in taking on James, having grown up just 500 miles away from Akron, Ohio’s favorite son in Springfield, Ill., and played against him in AAU tournaments through all those years. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "How will Warriors overcome absence of 'babysitter' Andre Iguodala to start NBA Finals?," 30 May 2018 From a favorite son to a finding of scientific misconduct, Jasti Rao fell far. Adam Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "Retraction Watch: Fall from grace," 29 June 2018 Argentina's favorite son is most famously remembered for cheating his way to victory against England in 1986, with his 'hand of god' goal. SI.com, "Diego Maradona Claims England's World Cup Win Over Colombia Was 'Monumental Theft'," 4 July 2018 Texas real estate developer Wayne Duddlesten, attorney Billy Goldberg and sportswriter Mickey Herskowitz have bought themselves and the city of Houston a basketball team, complete with favorite son Elvin Hayes. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 24, 1971: San Diego loses a team," 24 June 2018 Minnesota was the lone state that favorite son Walter Mondale narrowly won in President Ronald Reagan’s 49-state landslide in 1984. Fox News, "Republicans see opening in blue Minnesota, after Franken scandal and Trump inroads," 25 May 2018 India’s second favorite son, Jinder Mahal, won the U.S. title in a fourway with Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Rusev. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "WrestleMania 34 is full of Flair, but Rousey, Nicholas steal the show | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 Once celebrated as one of Memphis' favorite sons, the memory of Lorenzen Wright still haunts this town. Josh Gelman, CBS News, "New twist in probe of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright," 12 May 2018 Oakland’s favorite son, Marshawn Lynch, appears to be quietly putting the pieces in place for his forthcoming Emeryville restaurant and lounge, Rob Ben’s, despite there months of silence surrounding the project. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marshawn Lynch moves forward on new Emeryville restaurant, Rob Ben's," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of favorite son

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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favorite son

noun

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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