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Examples of scion in a Sentence
He's a scion of a powerful family.
Recent Examples of scion from the Web
The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures.
The defeat is a humiliating fall from grace for Najib, the scion of one of Malaysia's most prominent political families, and his coalition party, Barisan Nasional, which had led the country since its independence 61 years ago.
After the sale, art adviser and former Christie’s auction executive Doug Woodham said the fact that Mr. Rockefeller—scion of one of the greatest Gilded Age fortunes—owned these works had likely boosted their sale prices by as much as a third.
The celebrity scion’s latest scoop, which was co-bylined with Jane Mayer, alleged that now-former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman assaulted several women.
The former Miss Malaysia spent over four decades married to the scion of one of her country’s richest families, enjoying a life of almost unimaginable wealth among the global elite.
Dunnigan turned out to be the scion of an old and respected Maryland family.
The bizarre murder and disappearance cases associated with Robert Durst have spawned countless articles, TV shows, movies, and books about the multimillionaire scion of a New York real estate empire.
Indeed, why would Kim Jong Un, the 34-year-old scion of the world’s only communist dynasty, give up a program that is so closely intertwined with his claim on the leadership and with his security?
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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.
SCION Defined 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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