\ ˈsən How to pronounce son (audio) \

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

Other Words from son


sonhood \ ˈsən-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce son- (audio) \ noun

Examples of son in a Sentence

Noun 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 Harris was convicted in November 2016 on eight counts including malice murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 19 Jan. 2022 That judge ruled that North Korea was responsible for the death of their son in 2017, at the age of 22, because the government kidnapped and tortured him. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2022 On Monday, the new mom, 41, shared a sweet video of her infant son Malcolm Hiệp resting on her chest and taking a nap. Georgia Slater,, 18 Jan. 2022 The director says the film is rooted in his experience with the gender transition of his own son Matteo. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2022 Justin Ross Harris, 41, was convicted in November 2016 on eight counts including malice murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Kate Brumback, ajc, 17 Jan. 2022 It’s not a new message; the Bidens talk openly about their personal losses, particularly the 2015 death of their son Beau, at 46. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2022 Similarly, the younger Ray is advised that however much of a jerk his dad is, Mickey at least seems to love life, which isn't true of his eldest son. Brian Lowry, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Several pivotal moments in life will be included, including the loss of his son, Tommy, to suicide on Dec. 31, 2020. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Son.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of son

: a male child
: the second person of the Trinity in the Christian religion : Jesus Christ


\ ˈsən How to pronounce son (audio) \

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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