scion

noun sci·on \ ˈsī-ən \

Definition of scion

1 :a detached living portion of a plant (such as a bud or shoot) joined to a stock in grafting and usually supplying solely aerial parts to a graft
2 a :descendant, child; especially :a descendant of a wealthy, aristocratic, or influential family
b :heir 1
  • scion of a railroad empire

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Examples of scion in a Sentence

  1. He's a scion of a powerful family.

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Get Familial With scion

Scion derives from the Middle English sioun and Old French cion and is related to the Old English cīth and the Old High German kīdi (meaning "sprout" or "shoot"). When it first sprouted in English in the 14th century, scion meant "a shoot or twig." That sense withered in horticultural contexts, but the word branched out, adding the grafting-related meaning we know today. A figurative sense also blossomed referring to one's descendants, with particular reference to those who are descendants of notable families.

Origin and Etymology of scion

Middle English sioun, from Old French cion, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English cīth sprout, shoot, Old High German kīdi


SCION Defined for English Language Learners

scion

noun

Definition of scion for English Language Learners

  • : a person who was born into a rich, famous, or important family

  • botany : a piece of a plant that is attached to part of another plant


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