\ 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


sonhood \ˈsən-ˌhu̇d \ 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

Regan is survived by his son, Sean, his daughter, Christina Regan-Ardito, three grandchildren and two brothers. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 NeverAgainCA has targeted show patriarch Bob Templeton and his son, Jeff, saying that the pair have gun violations on their criminal records and thus their event should be barred from the fairgrounds. Paul Sisson,, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018 Alice Hoagland, whose son was on the flight, told the San Francisco Chronicle. Travis M. Andrews,, "The Thai cave rescue is being made into a movie. As Hollywood's history shows, this was inevitable," 13 July 2018 Palin — a staunch supporter of the military whose 29-year-old son, Track, served in the army — responded to Ruddick's Twitter statement in a Facebook post. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sarah Palin Reveals Details of Sacha Baron Cohen Showtime Interview," 13 July 2018 David Crowl, who works with two of his sons, Parker and Tanner, did plant 250 acres of corn this year, but theirs is primarily a dairy farm home to 200 cows. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 Killings then went to his son, who was lying near the curb, several feet behind the rear of the Malibu. Kevin Grasha,, "Racially charged murder trial canceled because of 'new evidence'," 13 July 2018 Several teens who lived in the house told police that McCrorey had bought the guns for two of her teen sons, the documents allege. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "14-year-old charged in fatal shooting; drugs found at scene land woman in jail," 13 July 2018 Commissioner Max Schachter, whose son Alex died in the shooting, said the systems need to be merged because any delay is unacceptable. NBC News, "Parkland shooting investigation finds radio issues delayed police response," 12 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to son

prodigal son/daughter

the Son

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English Language Learners Definition of son

: a male child

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


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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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