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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
It was cast as a sign of Mohammed's liberal enlightenment: The scion of a regime notorious for embracing and exporting an ultra-conservative brand of Sunni Islam was reaching out to one of the region's embattled minority faiths.
Vice-Mayor David Briley, a Barry ally and the scion of a prominent Nashville political family, became mayor upon her resignation, and will presumably be running in an August special election to fill her four-year term, which ends next year.
In another example of Kushner's reported ability to hold a grudge, staffers at the Observer have spoken about how Kushner ordered a hit piece on fellow real estate scion Richard Mack after their business relationship soured.
The brothers thought big, like second-generation scions often do.
The premiere episode ends with the 1973 Rome kidnapping of 16-year-old J. Paul III, who, despite his pedigree as an oil scion, lacked enough cash to pay off gambling and drug debts.
Seed Money Dan Och founded the hedge fund with $100 million from the Ziff brothers, the publishing scions, and built it into a behemoth with almost $50 billion at its 2015 peak.
The 28-year-old Marechal-Le Pen is a scion of the nativist political dynasty that began with her grandfather Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the National Front in 1972.
Julie Macklowe, a beauty entrepreneur who is married to the real estate scion Billy Macklowe, made a bold move by holding her 40th birthday party at La Goulue in December, a month before the restaurant officially reopened.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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