favorite son

fa·vor·ite son
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-ver-it, feyv-rit suhn]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt sʌn/
    • /ˈfeɪ.vər.ɪt sʌn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-ver-it, feyv-rit suhn]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər ɪt, ˈfeɪv rɪt sʌn/

Definitions of favorite son words

  • noun favorite son (at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from his or her own state. 1
  • noun favorite son (in the US) a politician popular in his home state but little admired beyond it 0
  • noun favorite son a famous man honored and praised in his native city, district, etc. because of his achievements 0
  • noun favorite son a candidate favored by the political leaders of his own state, city, etc., as for presidential nomination 0
  • noun favorite son a candidate at a political convention who controls a state's votes for brokering, or who is available as a compromise nominee 0
  • noun favorite son (US) A politician whose electoral appeal derives from his or her regional appeal, rather than his or her political views. 0

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Origin of favorite son

First appearance:

before 1780
One of the 45% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90

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Parts of speech for Favorite son


favorite son popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for favorite son

noun favorite son

  • applicant — An applicant for something such as a job or a place at a college is someone who makes a formal written request to be given it.
  • competitor — A company's competitors are companies who are trying to sell similar goods or services to the same people.
  • nominee — a person nominated, as to run for elective office or fill a particular post.
  • contender — A contender is someone who takes part in a competition.
  • contestant — A contestant in a competition or quiz is a person who takes part in it.

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