- 1A boy or man in relation to either or both of his parents.More example sentences
male child, boy, heir; descendant, offspring, scion• informal lad
- 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.
- 1.1A male offspring of an animal.More example sentences
- 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 AdamMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 Nevada’s most famous sonsMore example sentences
- ‘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 French RevolutionMore example sentences
- 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 elder person as a form of address for a boy or young man: “You’re on private land, son.”More example sentences
- 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.
- (plural sons of bitches) • informal Used as a general term of contempt or abuse.More example sentences
- 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]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.
Old English sunu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoon and German Sohn, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huios.