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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

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 As the son of a car dealer in Oklahoma and Las Vegas, Engel has been eating, sleeping and breathing cars his entire life. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "New Shelby Mustang is 'stunning perfection' at $298,000," 13 Sep. 2020 Simms, an eight-year NFL quarterback, former Patriots assistant coach and son of Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms, believes Mayfield has the physical ability and intangibles to be one of the league’s best. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Why NFL analyst Chris Simms ranked Baker Mayfield No. 21 in his Top 40 NFL QBs for 2020 and where he’ll be next year," 12 Sep. 2020 Ziggy Marley, the son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, paid tribute to Hibbert. Ally Mauch,, "Reggae Icon Toots Hibbert Dies at 77: 'We Have Lost a True Legend'," 12 Sep. 2020 The son of Vikings GM Rick Spielman received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately this year. Star Tribune, "Five other Minnesotans to watch in college football," 11 Sep. 2020 The development project also involves Josh Romney, son of Sen. Mitt Romney. Zoi Walker, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hideout Town Council plunges ahead in final bid to absorb land next to Park City for development," 11 Sep. 2020 San Francisco elected Chesa Boudin, son of the leftist militants, its district attorney. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 Jabbia, who is the son of interim superintendent Pete Jabbia, worked as an assistant principal, administrative assistant, teacher, coach and driving instructor before taking the top post at Northshore High. Andrew Canulette,, "Who will be the next St. Tammany superintendent? Five insiders are vying for the job," 11 Sep. 2020 Also on Tuesday, Jamain Stephens Jr., a 20-year-old defensive tackle at the California University of Pennsylvania and the son of an NFL offensive tackle, died suddenly. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "What Is Covid-19 Doing to Our Hearts?," 11 Sep. 2020

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

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Son.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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