\ 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 sonhood (audio) \ 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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O'Bannon said his fight against the NCAA started when visited his friend's house and saw a video game his friend's son had been playing. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Former college basketball star who sued the NCAA says California's fair pay bill is 'changing the game'," 14 Sep. 2019 Fitzpatrick's mother, Melissa Fitzpatrick, said on Twitter in August that her son was not a strong safety and was being used by first-year coach Brian Flores' staff to suit others' skill sets rather than his own. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Dolphins allow former first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick to seek trade, per report," 13 Sep. 2019 MLB Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was in attendance with son Trey, a former DP wide receiver. Lucas Casas,, "Dr. Phillips stops 2-point try to beat Boone," 13 Sep. 2019 Before that, however, with Theo’s mother dead and his father disappeared, Theo is placed with a quintessential Upper East Side WASP family whose son is a school friend and whose destiny becomes intertwined with his. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Goldfinch’ sings its own tune in its own sweet time," 12 Sep. 2019 Kallie was out of the room returning snorkeling gear, and their son was in the hotel lobby. Ezra Marcus, Town & Country, "In Anguilla, Scott Hapgood Awaits His Fate," 10 Sep. 2019 Stand beneath the towering Temple of Apollo, where the Greeks once worshipped the sun God and mythical son of Zeus. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 In most cases though, sons do not pass along mtDNA to their children. Debra Meyer, Quartz Africa, "How an African scientist used mitochondrial DNA to discover she had ancestral South Asian roots," 6 Sep. 2019 Gears 5 begins by focusing on JD, the son of badass gruff manly man Marcus Fenix, who was the protagonist of the first generation of games. Wired, "Gears 5: A War Game That Really Deals with War Trauma," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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so much for

so much so (that)






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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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