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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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 The survey, conducted by Emerson College for The Dallas Morning News, signals that even with two favorite sons in race, Lone Star State voters want a familiar face as their nominee. Dallas News, "Activist urges release of Bonnen tapes, O'Rourke slams Trump, new prez race poll, Marchant bows out," 6 Aug. 2019 But on the eve of his sixth visit to the state since taking office, Trump lashed out at one of Wisconsin's favorite sons, former House Speaker Paul Ryan over his unflattering comments about the president in a new book. Jonathan Lemire And Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "President Trump to tout trade, economy in formerly blue Wisconsin," 12 July 2019 Lewis rehabilitated his reputation in the following years and has become something of a favorite son of Baltimore. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "'It’s a natural fit’: Former Ravens star Ray Lewis partners on restaurant in Little Italy," 20 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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