\ˈsən \

Definition of son 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a human male offspring especially of human beings

b : a male adopted child

c : a human male descendant

2 capitalized : the second person of the Trinity

3 : a person closely associated with or deriving from a formative agent (such as a nation, school, or race)

variants: or sono-

Definition of son- (Entry 2 of 2)

: sound sonic sonogram

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Other Words from son


sonhood \ ˈsən-​ˌhu̇d \ noun

Examples of son in a Sentence


She gave birth to a son. They have two sons and a daughter. He is the son of a lawyer and a doctor. the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thanks to powerful representation in Congress and the White House, via native son John F. Kennedy, Cambridge was groomed to become the home of a NASA technical enter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 But her favorite singer to coach is actually her son, David Daniel Otunga Jr. (born 2009). Marie Milano, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Hudson's Son, David Daniel Otunga Jr.," 30 Oct. 2018 Maggie's son, Ben, has cerebral palsy; her family faced many obstacles for his care. Marie Claire, "What Barbara Boxer and Nicole Boxer Learned From Years on the Campaign Trail," 23 Oct. 2018 In addition to the normal cast, Mark Consuelos' son, Michael, will join in to play a young Hiram Lodge! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Riverdale" Season 3 Flashback Episode," 19 Oct. 2018 The modeling bug has also bitten younger son Romeo, who has modeled in campaigns for Burberry. Lily Rose, Allure, "Victoria Beckham Poses With David and All Four Kids for British Vogue Cover," 4 Sep. 2018 The question is directed to her 20-month-old son, Maddox, but Morgan isn't snuggled up beside her little boy. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 The father and son were flown to safety and were not injured. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "GPS device leads rescue team to missing father, son in Coconino National Forest," 13 July 2018 Carswell lives in a halfway house in Detroit and spends time with her son, who was taken in by her aunt while Carswell was in prison. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of son


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for son


Middle English sone, from Old English sunu; akin to Old High German sun son, Greek hyios

Combining form

Latin sonus sound

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English Language Learners Definition of son

: a male child

the Son : the second person of the Trinity in the Christian religion : Jesus Christ


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Kids Definition of son

1 : a male child or offspring

2 : a man or boy closely associated with or thought of as a child of something (as a country, race, or religion) sons of liberty

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