\ 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


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 Wie West married Jonnie West, the son of basketball great Jerry West, in August 2019, and daughter Makenna was born last June. John Nicholson, ajc, "Wie West, Feng back on leaderboard at ANA Inspiration," 1 Apr. 2021 Mike Bell, the former Minnesota Twins bench coach and a Moeller High School graduate, is the son of Buddy Bell, the Reds' vice president, senior adviser to the president of baseball operations. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell felt 'incredible support' over the last week," 1 Apr. 2021 The son was the president in the late part of the first 2000s. CBS News, "Former envoy to global coalition against ISIS weighs in on future of Syrian conflict," 31 Mar. 2021 So Andrew Cuomo is the son, obviously, of Mario Cuomo, who is a very famous governor of New York. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Andrew Cuomo, the Creepy Tyrant of Albany," 31 Mar. 2021 Artists Kat Hutter and Roger Lee, the son of Koreatown founder Hi Duk Lee, blend their talents in painting (Hutter) and ceramics (Lee) to create graphic handmade functional artworks. Los Angeles Times, "She wanted to help amplify AAPI voices in L.A. More than 60 artists responded," 31 Mar. 2021 Tsujimoto is the son of Capcom’s founder Kenzo Tsujimoto and has been the public face of the series for more than a decade. Washington Post, "‘Monster Hunter Rise’ is a grand Japanese homecoming, made by a more confident team," 30 Mar. 2021 GoFundMe pages have been set up for the son of one of the storm victims, as well as for Ragan Chapel United Methodist Church. William Thornton |, al, "Fundraising efforts underway for man who lost family in Alabama tornado, church demolished by storm," 30 Mar. 2021 Gaetz is the son of former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz. Anthony Man,, "Is Florida’s most devoted Trump supporter Matt Gaetz thinking about quitting Congress — for a gig with Newsmax?," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Son.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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