\ 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

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Other Words from son


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

Karis Washington believes Six Flags discriminated against her son and said there needs to be a law in place to stop such bias in hiring. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "Teen whose hair cost him job at Six Flags Over Texas turns heads at modeling agency," 6 July 2019 Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released two new portraits of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening. Vogue, "See New, Adorable Portraits of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s Christening," 6 July 2019 Having their son home has been a change for his parents, too. Alex Miller,, "Boerne native Blake Allemand continues major league quest with Missions," 6 July 2019 His son Luke is a Plantation police officer who was working while Luke’s wife Gidette and their five children were waving American flags in the grandstand in front of City Hall. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Happy Fourth! How South Florida lit up Independence Day," 5 July 2019 However, she was told that because of staffing issues, her son would not be able to be buried there and instead she was told he’d be buried at the Heritage burial site, located on Cheeseman Avenue in Prichard. Christopher Harress |,, "2nd lawsuit filed against men accused of abusing corpses in Mobile," 4 July 2019 Their two sons, ages 2 and 4, have their own wing, with a playroom separating the two bedrooms. Kelsey Murrietta, azcentral, "F-16 pilot and wife seek to put down roots in Scottsdale's DC Ranch. Take a look inside," 4 July 2019 Joyce Byers Portrayed by Winona Ryder, Will's mom painted the alphabet on her wall to keep hope alive when her youngest son was missing. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "The story so far: Catch up with 10 Hawkins, Indiana, favorites before 'Stranger Things 3'," 2 July 2019 Along with another 50 or so people who were swept away, all three of Ezechi’s children—daughters Joy, six, and Adanna, four, and son Goodness, two—drowned in the waves, and their bodies were not recovered. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "The Lost Daughters of Salerno," 1 July 2019

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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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so much for

so much so (that)






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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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