Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Used to distinguish a son from his father when they have the same given name.
  • noun A unit of currency equal to 1/1000 of the dinar in several countries of the Middle East.
  • noun A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the dirham in the United Arab Emirates.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Son: used in French as junior is used in English, père (father) being used for senior: as, ‘Dumas fils,’ ‘Dumas the younger’ or ‘junior.’

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Son; -- sometimes used after a French proper name to distinguish a son from his father, .

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Used after a proper name that is common to a father and his son to indicate that the son is being referred to rather than the father.
  • noun rare The son referred to in the manner of the adjective above.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 100 Yemeni fils are worth one Yemeni rial
  • noun a fractional monetary unit in Bahrain and Iraq and Jordan and Kuwait; equal to one thousandth of a dinar

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Latin fīlius, son; see dhē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic fals, fils, from Latin follis, bellows, windbag, purse, piece of money; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French fils ("son").

Examples

  • I recall the Nagin fils bust being in the TP, and also the NYC media.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • May 17th, 2007 at 8: 55 am and yet Finland continues to place high in competitive indexes, productivity ratings, and gdp growth; likewise with similar nordic economies. hmm, maybe Galbraith-fils is on to something. mattsteinglass Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Vacation

  • In the museum's set, instead of queens, there are viziers, and instead of bishops, there are elephants, which were called fils, according to "Masterpieces From the Department of Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," a book about the exhibition that is being published by the museum.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Derrida reads Freud's legend of "fils" (strings/sons): "The legacy and jealousy of a repetition (already jealous of itself) are not accidents which overtake the fort: da, rather they more or less strictly pull its strings.

    Notes on ''At the Far End of this Ongoing Enterprise...''

  • Bush fils for benefiting from political pull to get into the National Guard and checking a box on a form saying, “do not volunteer”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy

  • Neurodoc writes: Would those who count themselves true-believing, non-equivocating libertarians please tell us whether the Pauls, pere et fils, are their kind of people, the sort they wish to see elected to Congress.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » So a Libertarian and a Liberal Walk into a Bar

  • David Cameron may be the youngest PM since Pitt fils; he is likely to be the least successful since Frederick, Lord North.

    Stromata Blog:

  • Would those who count themselves true-believing, non-equivocating libertarians please tell us whether the Pauls, pere et fils, are their kind of people, the sort they wish to see elected to Congress.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » So a Libertarian and a Liberal Walk into a Bar

  • David Cameron may be the youngest PM since Pitt fils; he is likely to be the least successful since Frederick, Lord North.

    Current Affairs

  • David Cameron may be the youngest PM since Pitt fils; he is likely to be the least successful since Frederick, Lord North.

    Stromata Blog

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