son

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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)
sonhood noun

son-

2 of 2

combining form

variants or sono-
: sound
sonic
sonogram

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The son of DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis and a three-star recruit, Caimon Mathis was one of the area and state’s best defensive backs in 2022. Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2023 The Gaelic origin of Mackay, the area’s most common family name by far, is Mac Aoidh: son of fire. WIRED, 31 Jan. 2023 In a quiet, semiauotbiographical novel that runs deep, Fenkl introduces us to Insu, son of a Korean mother and a German father, who lives outside a U.S. military base. Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2023 George Jackson Phillips, son of Dr. George J. Phillips Sr., a dentist, and Mary Phillips, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2023 Marsters has one son, Sullivan, with ex-wife Liane Davidson and regards his niece as his daughter. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2023 The son of former state Rep. Edward Acevedo was found guilty by a federal jury Monday of tax evasion charges that were an offshoot of the investigation into Commonwealth Edison’s alleged attempts to influence then-House Speaker Michael Madigan. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2023 In Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, 30 Jan. 2023 Jackson, 26, is the second youngest son of Jermaine Jackson, 68, Michael's brother and former Jackson 5 member. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English sone, from Old English sunu; akin to Old High German sun son, Greek hyios

Combining form

Latin sonus sound

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Son.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/son. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

son

noun
1
a
: a male offspring especially of human parents
b
: a human male descendant
2
capitalized : the second person of the Trinity
3
: a man or boy closely associated with or thought of as a child of something (as a country, race, or religion)

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