Definition of son in English:
1A boy or man in relation to either or both of his parents.
- 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;
1.3 (the Son) (In Christian belief) the second person of the Trinity; Christ.
- 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.
1.6 (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 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]More example sentences
- 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.
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