Definition of son noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sʌn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌn//
    Youth, Relations
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  1. 1   [countable] a person’s male child We have two sons and a daughter. They have three grown-up sons. He's the son of an Oxford professor. Maine & Sons, Grocers (= the name of a company on a sign) CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​kids start a family conceive/​be expecting/​be going to have a baby/​child miss your period become/​get/​be/​find out that you are pregnant have a baby/​a child/​kids/​a son/​a daughter/​twins/​a family have a normal/​a difficult/​an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/​a difficult/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby feed/​breastfeed/​bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/​go on maternity/​paternity leave go back/​return to work after maternity leave need/​find/​get a babysitter/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents See related entries: Youth, Relations
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a friendly form of address that is used by an older man to a young man or boy Well, son, how can I help you?
  3. 3[countable] (literary) a man who belongs to a particular place or country, etc. one of France’s most famous sons
  4. 4my son (formal) used by a priest to address a boy or man
  5. 5the Son [singular] Jesus Christ as the second member of the Trinity the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  6. Word OriginOld English sunu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoon and German Sohn, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huios.Extra examples Living alone and trying to bring up a young son is no easy task. The queen bore him four fine sons. They have three young sons. They welcomed me like a long-lost son. They’ve got three young sons. a native son of Philadelphia a single parent raising her son alone an illegitimate son of Louis XV his wife and unborn son He’s the son of an Oxford professor. Maine & Sons, GrocersIdioms
      somebody’s favourite son
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    1. 1a performer, politician, sports player, etc., who is popular where they were born
    2. 2(in the US) a candidate for president who is supported by his or her own state in the first part of a campaign
    from one generation of a family to the next (saying) used to say that a son’s character or behaviour is similar to that of his father a person who leaves home and wastes their money and time on a life of pleasure, but who later is sorry about this and returns home
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