Definition of son in English:


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Pronunciation: /sʌn


  • 1A boy or man in relation to either or both of his parents.
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    • Throughout their relationship, they had been the main parents to four sons, all of whom had been conceived in previous marriages.
    • In many cultures, the couple relationship is secondary to the relationship with parents, especially between sons and mothers.
    • A lecturer who survived the tsunami disaster lost her husband, both her sons and her parents in the tragedy.
    male child, boy, son and heir; descendant, offspring
    informal lad
  • 1.1A male offspring of an animal.
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    • This design is based on the availability of large half-sib families of progeny-tested sons of elite sires with readily accessible semen samples.
    • He's the best son of an outstanding young stallion, from an exceptional family.
  • 1.2A male descendant: the sons of Adam
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    • This is the land, which until now was being held by sons and descendants of our colonial oppressors at our expense.
    • Noah is a descendant of Adam, so we're all sons of Adam, too.
  • 1.3 (the Son) (In Christian belief) the second person of the Trinity; Christ.
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    • God the Father gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for sinners because He loved us.
    • These statements make it evident that Christ is not a Son by the grace of adoption.
    • Hence it is said right now to be translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.
  • 1.4A man considered in relation to his native country or area: one of Norfolk’s most famous sons
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    • ‘This is Snoop Dogg's corner,’ he says, referring to one of Long Beach's more famous native sons.
    • Now, basketball officials the world over embrace the notion of their native sons playing in the NBA, given the long-term developmental benefits.
    • The crowd fed off the energy their native sons were generating, with an awe-inspiring roar of approval.
  • 1.5A man regarded as the product of a particular person, influence, or environment: sons of the church
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    • The likes of Aimé Guibert, meanwhile, come across as men genetically at one with their environment, as authentic sons of the wine soil.
  • 1.6 (also my son) Used by an older person as a form of address for a boy or young man: you’re on private land, son
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    • Then you'll be a man, my son, and what's more, you'll be able to sleep at night.
    • Ah, now, leave well enough alone, my son, surely what you have is more than enough to go on.
    • ‘Hold on a minute, son,’ he said and the engines started and ran up on to the sand.


son of a bitch

(plural sons of bitches) informal Used as a general term of contempt or abuse.
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  • That was the son of a bitch that had been abusing her?
  • What the hell was wrong with those sons of bitches!
  • I'm crying, I'd say to him, but don't you dare take it wrong, you son of a bitch.

son of a gun

(plural sons of guns) informal , chiefly North American A jocular or affectionate way of addressing or referring to someone: he’s a pretentious son of a gun, but he’s got a heart of gold
[with reference to the guns carried aboard ships: the epithet is said to have been applied originally to babies born at sea to women allowed to accompany their husbands]
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  • As I bent to pick it up, I noticed the silvery glint of the top of a can and a bit of green label through one of the torn corners and awareness dawned: son of a gun, my Old Man had come through for me!
  • I knew I'd get a laugh sooner or later from this son of a gun.
  • If it takes another day, another week, a month, another five years, we are going to get this son of a gun.



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  • In his portrait of Jesus, Mark emphasizes both Jesus' sonship and his forsakenness.
  • In the transfiguration the announcement of divine sonship is flanked by sayings of the necessity of the cross.
  • His sonship is tested here as surely as in his initial testing by Satan.


Old English sunu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoon and German Sohn, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huios.

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