\ 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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The famous couple are the proud parents of four kids, son Najee, 29, and their three daughters Italia, 28, Samaria, 23, and Nina, 18. Megan Stein, Country Living, "NCIS: LA's LL Cool J and Wife Simone I. Smith Have Been Through So Much Together," 4 Aug. 2019 The mother said her son has a medical condition that makes blows to the head very dangerous., "10-year-old boy threw a ball at another kid in the schoolyard, injuring him; then, he was charged with aggravated assault," 3 Aug. 2019 Much like another son of Bexar County, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Hurd was a traditional Republican grappling with the changing order created by the tea party movement (a movement that led to Trump’s ascendance). Gilbert Garcia,, "Hurd walked a thin line in his congressional swing district," 3 Aug. 2019 Their eldest son lives near them and can help them out., "Dear Annie: My boyfriend is moving home to take care of his mother and doesn’t want me to follow him," 3 Aug. 2019 But Raleigh's son, who went on to become a Blackjewel miner, has a child who has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy. Polo Sandoval, CNN, "'A tweet would be great:' Kentucky coal miners call on Trump for support amid ongoing payment showdown," 2 Aug. 2019 Today, Sivori is operated by Edgar’s son, Larry Sivori, and Larry’s wife, Ruth Sivori, and has grown to be the single largest food vendor at the State Fair, with more than 100 employees at different locations. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Barbecue + mac n' cheese? Sold. Here's the new 2019 Kentucky State Fair food," 2 Aug. 2019 The chief’s son loved the game and his weekend team needed a pitcher. The Economist, "The last man to have built Mount Rushmore," 1 Aug. 2019 Never forget when my 12-year-old son had a heart attack within 24 hours of his life. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 30, 2019," 31 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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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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