- <s‒vowel>-initial, <n>-terminal:
- <c>-initial, <n>-terminal:
- [s]- or [t]-terminal:
From Middle English sion, sioun, syon, scion, cion, from Old French cion, ciun, cyon, sion; from Frankish *kīþō, *kīþ, from Proto-Germanic *kīþô, *kīþą, *kīþaz (“sprout”), from Proto-Indo-European *geye- (“to split open, sprout”), same source as Old English ċīþ (“a young shoot; sprout; germ; sprig”), Old Saxon kīth (“sprout; germ”), Old High German kīdi (“offshoot; sprout; germ”). See also French scion and Picard chion. Doublet of chit.
- (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 of a distinguished family.
- 1826, [Mary Shelley], chapter I, in The Last Man. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 230675575, page 15:
- No senate seats in council for the dead; no scion of a time honoured dynasty pants to rule over the inhabitants of a charnel house; the general's hand is cold, and the soldier has his untimely grave dug in his native fields, unhonoured, though in youth.
- 1966, Sholem Aleichem, An Early Passover, paperback edition, Clifton Pub. Co., page 24:
- It was said to him that those people were the scions of Zion.
- The heir to a throne.
- A guardian.
- (botany) A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting; a shoot or twig in a general sense.
- 1613, G[ervase] M[arkham], “Of the Setting or Planting of the Cyons or Branches of Most Sorts of Fruit-trees”, in The English Husbandman, […], revised edition, London: […] [Augustine Matthews and John Norton] for Henry Taunton, […], published 1635, OCLC 84770138, 2nd part (Containing the Art of Planting, Grafting, and Gardening, […]), page 132:
- [If] you finde a certaine miſlike or conſumption in the plant, you ſhall immediatly vvith a ſharp knife cut the plant off ſlope-vviſe upvvard, about three fingers from the ground, and ſo let it reſt till the next ſpring, at vvhich time you ſhall behold nevv cyons iſſue from the roote, […]
scion m (plural scions)
- (tip of fishing rod): canne