son

noun
\ 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

Noun

sonhood \ ˈsən-​ˌhu̇d \ 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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First, all are ethnically Chinese: This is worth noting, given that many occupants of berths on the literal last boat with Bing were foreigners or, like her adoptive sister’s son, Eurasians. Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, WSJ, "‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai’ Review: Gone With the Wind," 18 Jan. 2019 Becky’s son also became ill with a blood disease, one that could have been hereditary. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 In Lean, there are no faces, just the back of a man whose young son is trustingly holding on to his dad’s rear pocket. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 But also involving their daughter, their foster son and his wife, and their friend, Lord John Grey. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 11," 14 Jan. 2019 Its amazing to have seen a series that addresses relevant issues like teenage pregnancy, father-son issues, being both gay and a christian, peer pressure, etc. in just one show. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Sex Education" Season 2," 14 Jan. 2019 The exchange and photo are intended to be funny, showing a thick-as-thieves bond between mother and son. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 5: 'Owies'," 8 Jan. 2019 Tina Turner's older son has died of an apparent suicide. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Tina Turner's older son found dead of apparent suicide at 59," 2 Oct. 2018 That piece happened to be a recreation of her young son’s notebook, but there’s a childlike quality to all such art. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near son

so much for

so much so (that)

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son-

sonable

sonal

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son

noun

English Language Learners Definition of son

: a male child

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

son

noun
\ ˈsən \

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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