plural sons-in-law
: the husband of one's daughter or son

Examples of son-in-law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, helped arrange the event. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 The former president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly brokered the interview with Trump. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Now their mother faces charges in the case Exactly one week after a wealthy Florida dentist was convicted of killing his sister’s husband, his mother has been arrested in connection with her former son-in-law’s 2014 death. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Dear Amy: Four years ago, my daughter and son-in-law cut off all contact with me. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2023 Also on the arduous trek are the woman’s daughter and son-in-law and their two young daughters. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Helen Garner lives in Melbourne, next door to her daughter, her son-in-law, three grandchildren, some chickens, and a blue-heeler-and-kelpie mix named Smokey. Helen Sullivan, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2023 Several of his relatives, including son John Gotti Jr., brothers Gene and Peter and son-in-law Carmine Agnello, weren't able to attend his funeral because they were incarcerated for crimes ranging from racketeering to drug trafficking and tax evasion, The New York Times reported. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Investigators said was a family member of the deceased, The family confirmed that Serafini is the son-in-law of the victims, CBS Sacramento reported. CBS News, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of son-in-law was in the 14th century

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“Son-in-law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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plural sons-in-law
: the husband of one's daughter

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