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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.
  2. A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting; a shoot or twig in a general sense.
  3. The heir to a throne.
  4. A guardian.


  • 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?
  • 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.



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


  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 *kid-, from Proto-Germanic *kidon, 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 alsoEdit

  • (tip of fishing rod): canne

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