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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
CBS Photo Archive—Getty Images Harlan Ellison, a scion of the Golden Age of science fiction, has died at age 84.
Rahul Gandhi is the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
On the Democratic side of the insanely expensive gubernatorial race, billionaire J.B. Pritzker handily dispatched progressive state legislator Daniel Biss and political scion Chris Kennedy, who neatly split the anti-Pritzker vote.
The 1915 show, about the love affair between an aspiring young singer from the provinces and the scion of a wealthy Viennese family, takes aim at the rigid class divisions of the period.
Other members of the group included Russian metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska and banking-family scions Nathaniel and Jacob Rothschild.
The spreadsheet-like intensity of his schedule sits just fine with this scion of country music titan Willie Nelson.
Trump endorsed semi-perennial candidate and basketball scion Danny Tarkanian in this race, mainly to get him out of what was then a Senate primary against Heller.
So what’s an embattled scion with a genetic imperative to win the back pages to do?
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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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