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See also: sony, Sonny, and sonny



A combination of Latin sonus (sound) and sonny (boy, diminutive).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (trademark) An international electronics and media company based in Tokyo, Japan.
    • 1980, Timothy Crouse, The Boys on the Bus, Ballantine Books,, →ISBN, page 16:
      Connie Chung, the pretty Chinese CBS correspondent, occupied the room next to mine at the Hyatt House and she was always back by midnight, reciting a final sixty-second radio spot into her Sony or absorbing one last press release before getting a good night’s sleep.
    • 1993, Martha Gever; Pratibha Parmar; John Greyson, Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video, Routledge, →ISBN, page 76:
      he mostly makes videos—virtually reinventing the diary form with his Sony 8 scrapbook.
    • 1995, Victor J. Ramraj, Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English, Broadview Press, →ISBN, page 297:
      My memoirs. At night I leave a Sony by my bed. Night is the best time for remembering.
    • 1999, Peter Cook, Archigram, Princeton Architectural Press,, →ISBN, page 113:
      The common threads that exist between the fisherman and his Sony and the project above. Robert Smithson's 'Incidents of mirror travel in the Yucatan' are important.
    • 2002, Alexander J. Morin, Classical Music: The Listener's Companion, Backbeat Books, →ISBN, page 98:
      Bernstein always understood this symphony, and his Sony recording was for many years one of the best.
    • 2003, Nadine Condon, Hot Hits, Cheap Demos: The Real-World Guide to Music Business Success, Backbeat Books, →ISBN, page 34:
      Gary’s roster currently has Tritt and two new Sony artists soon to be hugely famous, JEB and Christy Sutherland.
    • 2006, Joseph Finder, Killer Instinct, St. Martin's Press,, →ISBN, page 5:
      Most of the e-mails were blowback from the departure of our divisional vice president, Crawford, who’d just jumped ship to Sony.





  • IPA(key): /ˈzoːni/, /ˈsoːni/, /ˈsɔʊ̯ni/ (the intermediate form probably being the most common)

Proper noun[edit]

Sony n (proper noun, strong, genitive Sonys)

  1. Sony (company)


Sony m or n or f (strong, genitive Sonys or Sony, plural Sonys or Sony)

  1. Sony (device produced by that company)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The gender typically mirrors that of the implied common noun; for example, der Sony for a TV because of Fernseher m.