son

noun
\ 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

Noun

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 Shortly after the funeral, my adult son (the only grandchild) arrived and loaded his car with all the toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, cleaning products, etc. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Grandson helps himself to items from late grandfather’s house," 4 Jan. 2021 Stepp and his wife, Brooke, welcomed their second child, daughter Allison Blair, on Dec. 17, joining son Courtland. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas assistant Stepp leaving for South Carolina," 4 Jan. 2021 After a visit to Quincy, Mass., John, Abigail, and son John Quincy Adams fascinated me. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Barbur’s son Akbar had a department dedicated solely to developing scents for corporeal and culinary purposes. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 The woman's son ran down and thanked the surfer in between tears, Wright said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A pro surfer rescues a woman struggling in rough water on Hawaii's North Shore," 3 Jan. 2021 One of the key worries among his supporters is that Coulibaly’s middle son is non-verbal and severely autistic. Katy Reckdahl, NOLA.com, "This Louisiana teacher of 19 years is locked up now and facing deportation," 3 Jan. 2021 Tommy Raskin, as the son was known, was a second-year student at Harvard Law School and was a graduate of Amherst College. Washington Post, "Raskin announces memorial fund in son’s name," 3 Jan. 2021 The Carmelite monk and superstar Latinist from Milwaukee was the loyal son, nephew, and brother of plumbers. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Tradition without Traditionalism: Reginald Foster Requiescat in Pace," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of son

Noun

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

History and Etymology for son

Noun

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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Time Traveler for son

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The first known use of son was before the 12th century

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Son.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/son. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for son

son

noun
How to pronounce son- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of son

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

son

noun
\ 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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