from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A male child nourished or reared like an own son, though not such by birth.

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  • n. someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth


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  • And then he sat on the bed and we had a nice little chat, uncle and nephew, foster-father to foster-son.

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  • Jamieson, — her menial situation, and her excessive partiality for her foster-son, considered, — altogether such a matron as could afford her protection.

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  • In another Irish legend, Diarmait mac Cerbaill, king of all Ireland, is killed by his foster-son Aed Dub by drowning, burning and stabbing see Wikipedia.

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  • The connexion between them and their foster-children was considered a tie far too dearly intimate to be broken; and it usually happened, in the course of years, that the nurse became a resident in the family of her foster-son, assisting in the domestic duties, and receiving all marks of attention and regard from the heads of the family.

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  • Her heart, perhaps, fixed itself almost with almost a warmer love on Frank Gresham, her foster-son.

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  • It was good to see tomorrow's generation of clansmen testing their mettle, and his son Draig and foster-son Gwalchmai were among them.

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  • The Hawkbrothers Moondance and Starwind, and their foster-son Brightstar were the ones that had helped him the most.

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  • Elrond receives him as foster-son and gives him the name Estel (Hope); his ancestry is concealed.

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  • And so passed the early springtide, Roy waxing fat and strong, Tzaritza never relaxing her care, though at first it was a sore trial to her to remain behind with her foster-son while her beloved mistress galloped away upon Shashai.

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  • Tzaritza with her foster-son followed in Peggy's wake, Tzaritza sniffing inquiringly at the saddle,

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