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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But the favorite son always remains Buddy Holly, and his fans make the pilgrimage to the Buddy Holly Center — part museum, part art gallery, part historic house — to honor the storied singer. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, "Lubbock is smack in middle of nowhere — and everywhere," 20 July 2019 Queen Elizabeth’s favorite son, Prince Andrew, has found himself up against one of Her Majesty’s most important courtiers. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Andrew's Difficulties Continue as Argument with the Queen's Senior Aide Comes to Light," 13 Sep. 2019 The favorite son of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden and the heir being groomed for the leadership role, Hamza bin Laden, is believed to have died under circumstances shrouded in secrecy. Fox News, "Hamza bin Laden 'Al Qaeda's most charismatic figure', death would be 'big brand hit for extremists'," 2 Aug. 2019 For years, Queen Elizabeth has taken her second and reportedly favorite son at his word. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Queen finally getting a clue? She fears Prince Andrew’s Epstein scandal could cause ‘lasting’ damage, reports say," 3 Sep. 2019 The player who wasn’t good enough to start for Alabama is now, after one Sunday evening in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the favorite son of a sport. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Jalen Hurts takes center stage for Oklahoma, college football," 2 Sep. 2019 As Memphis mourned, months turned into years and the city became obsessed with solving the murder of its favorite son. CBS News, "Lorenzen Wright death: Surprise plea deal latest twist in the case of slain NBA star," 27 July 2019 The queen also faced criticism from some royal followers for appearing to show support for her second and reportedly favorite son the day after Epstein’s suicide. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Could Prince Andrew’s role in Jeffrey Epstein scandal stop a next royal wedding?," 20 Aug. 2019 As Memphis mourned, months turned into years and the city became obsessed with solving the murder of its favorite son. CBS News, "Lorenzen Wright death: Surprise plea deal latest twist in the case of slain NBA star," 27 July 2019

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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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