Definition of son in English:

son

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Pronunciation: /sʌn
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

Phrases

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.

Derivatives

sonship

noun
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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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