From Old French cion, ciun, cyon, sion; all from Frankish *kid-, from Proto-Germanic *kidon, from Proto-Indo-European *geie (“to split open, to sprout”), same source as English chink. See also French scion and Picard chion.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪ.ən/, /ˈsaɪ.ɑn/
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- Rhymes: -aɪən
scion (plural scions)
- A descendant, especially a first-generation descendant.
- A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting; a shoot or twig in a general sense.
- The heir to a throne.
- A guardian.
- 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 9, Crime out of Mind:
- Rudolf was the bold, bad Baron of traditional melodrama. Irene was young, as pretty as a picture, fresh from a music academy in England. He was the scion of an ancient noble family; she an orphan without money or friends.
- 1966, Sholem Aleichem, An Early Passover, Clifton Pub. Co., paperback edition, page 24
- It was said to him that those people were the scions of Zion.
- 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 72
- He could show his parents Eliot, scion of Derek Moulthorp, and then how could they say he was throwing his life away?
- “scion” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
scion m (plural scions)
- (detached twig): greffon
- (tip of fishing rod): canne