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
Recent Examples on the Web Its favorite son was the poet Gabriele Rossetti, who in political exile in 1821 fled to London. John Mariani, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 But there are some non-holiday events, too, including the return of favorite son Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 17 Dec. 2021 For a couple weeks, Packers fans remained optimistic that Wisconsin's favorite son, J.J. Watt, would wind up suiting up in Green Bay. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2022 But there are some non-holiday events, too, including the return of favorite son Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly, whose nationwide tour comes to Cleveland on Saturday. cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 The senator declined to campaign, but as the nominating process got underway, Daley forces ran him as a favorite son candidate. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 The senator declined to campaign, but as the nominating process got underway, Daley forces ran him as a favorite son candidate. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 On Sunday, Garoppolo defeated Cousins, Shanahan’s favorite son. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Nov. 2021 After the pandemic left seats empty for the Chino Hills native’s return last year, fans were eager to welcome home a favorite son. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of favorite son

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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