son

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsʌn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/sʌn/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sun)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
son /sʌn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a male child or person in relation to his parents by birth, adoption, or marriage.
  2. (used by an older person to address a younger male):"Well, son, here's the choice: jail or a fine,'' the sheriff said.
  3. a male person looked upon as the result of a particular agent or influence:sons of the soil.

-son-, root. 
  1. -son- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "sound.'' This meaning is found in such words as: consonant, dissonance, dissonant, resonance, resonant, resonate, resound, sonar, sonata, sonic, sonnet, sound, supersonic, ultrasonic, unison.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
son  (sun),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male child or person in relation to his parents.
  2. a male child or person adopted as a son;
    a person in the legal position of a son.
  3. any male descendant:a son of the Aztecs.
  4. a son-in-law.
  5. a person related as if by ties of sonship.
  6. a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.:a true son of the soil.
  7. a familiar term of address to a man or boy from an older person, an ecclesiastic, etc.
  8. Religionthe Son, the second person of the Trinity;
    Jesus Christ.
sonless, adj. 
sonlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English sone, Old English sunu; cognate with Dutch zoon, German Sohn, Old Norse sunr, sonr, Gothic sunus, Lithuanian sūnùs, Sanskrit sūnus; akin to Greek huiós

son-, 
  • var. of  soni- before a vowel:sonance.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    son /sʌn/ n
    1. a male offspring; a boy or man in relation to his parents
    2. a male descendant
    3. (often capital) a familiar term of address for a boy or man
    4. a male from a certain country, place, etc, or one closely connected with a certain environment: a son of the circus, a son of the manse
    Related adjective(s): filial
    Etymology: Old English sunu; related to Old Norse sunr, Gothic sunus, Old High German sunu, Lithuanian sūnus, Sanskrit sūnu

    ˈsonless adj
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    Son /sʌn/ n
    1. the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ
    'son' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
    Collocations: the [first, second, third] son, the [eldest, youngest, middle, only] son (of), a [kind, good, respectful] son, more...

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