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Definitions of Son

  1. (noun) A male offspring.
  2. (noun) An individual’s male child.

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Syllabification: son

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /sən/
  • British English – /sʌn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: sons
  • A son-in-law is the male spouse of an individual’s child.
  • The female equivalent of a son is a daughter.
  • Also called:
    • male child
    • male offspring.
    • man-child (manchild)
  • A son acts (adjective) sonly or (adjective) son-like and exhibits (noun) sonliness and is in a state of (noun) sonhood.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “son.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 9, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/son/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

son. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/son/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “son.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 9, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/son/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“son.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 9 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/son/>.