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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.[1] Doublet of chit.



scion (plural scions)

  1. A descendant, especially a first-generation descendant of a distinguished family.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 1:
      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.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 9, in Crime out of Mind[1]:
      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?
  2. The heir to a throne.
  3. A guardian.
  4. (botany) A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting; a shoot or twig in a general sense.



One of three common words ending in -cion, the rest of which are coercion and suspicion.[2][3]

Further reading[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 scion” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
  2. ^ Notes and Queries, Vol. VI, No. 10, 1889, October, p. 365
  3. ^ Editor and Publisher, Volume 9, 1909, p. 89




From Old French cion, ciun, from Frankish *kithō, from Proto-Germanic *kīþô, *kīþą, from Proto-Indo-European *geye- (to split open, to sprout). Spelling influenced by scie (saw).



scion m (plural scions)

  1. scion (detached twig)
  2. tip of a fishing rod


See also[edit]

  • (tip of fishing rod): canne

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