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Definition of "son" []

  • One's male child. (noun)
  • A male descendant. (noun)
  • A man considered as if in a relationship of child to parent: a son of the soil. (noun)
  • One personified or regarded as a male descendant. (noun)
  • Used as a familiar form of address for a young man. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "son" in a sentence
  • "During the celebrated Peninsular campaign, as a lady, whose son, a French officer in Spain, was seated in her room, she was astonished to perceive the folding doors at the bottom of the apartment slowly open, and disclose to her eyes, _her son_."
  • "Granting _alleyn_ to be rightly put for alone, no ancient writer, I apprehend, ever used such a phrase as this; any more than we should now say -- _my son alone_ for _my only son_."
  • "But if she was childless, the next of kin of her husband must beget one son by her; he did not _marry_ her, and his connection with her _ceased on the birth of a son_."