- <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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 m (plural scions)
- (detached twig): greffon
- (tip of fishing rod): canne