see also: Son, SON
  • IPA: /sʌn/, /sɒn/

son (plural sons)

  1. One's male offspring.
    Before the birth of the man's child, he said: "I want a son, not a daughter."
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, lines 165-166, page 10 ↗:
      From what conſummate vertue I have choſe / This perfect Man, by merit call'd my Son,
  2. A male adopted person in relation to his adoptive parents.
  3. A male person who has such a close relationship with an older or otherwise more authoritative person that he can be regarded as a son of the other person.
  4. A male person considered to have been significantly shaped by some external influence.
    He was a son of the mafia system.
  5. A male descendant.
    The pharaohs were believed to be sons of the Sun.
  6. A familiar address to a male person from an older or otherwise more authoritative person.
  7. (UK, colloquial) An informal address to a friend or person of equal authority.
Synonyms Antonyms Verb

son (sons, present participle sonning; past and past participle sonned)

  1. (transitive) To produce (i.e. bear, father, beget) a son.
  2. (transitive) To address (someone) as "son".

Proper noun
  1. (Christianity) one of the three persons of the Trinity, believed to have become incarnated in Jesus Christ
Related terms


  1. Initialism of supraoptic nucleus
Proper noun
  1. Abbreviation of Sonora#English|Sonora. state of Mexico

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