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cousin

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noun cous·in \ˈkə-zən\

Simple Definition of cousin

  • : a child of your uncle or aunt

  • : a person who is related to you but not in a close or direct way

  • : a person who is from another country but whose culture is similar to your own

Full Definition of cousin

  1. 1 a :  a child of one's uncle or aunt b :  a relative descended from one's grandparent or more remote ancestor by two or more steps and in a different line c :  kinsman, relative <a distant cousin>

  2. 2 :  one associated with or related to another :  counterpart

  3. 3 —used as a title by a sovereign in addressing a nobleman

  4. 4 :  a person of a race or people ethnically or culturally related <our English cousins>

cous·in·hood play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun
cous·in·ly adjective
cous·in·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of cousin

  1. Everyone came to the wedding, including a distant cousin no one had heard from in years.

  2. The cricket is a cousin of the grasshopper.

  3. hurricanes and their cousins, typhoons



Origin of cousin

Middle English cosin, from Anglo-French cusin, cosin, from Latin consobrinus, from com- + sobrinus second cousin, from soror sister — more at sister


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

Rhymes with cousin


Cousin

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biographical name Cou·sin \kü-ˈzaⁿ\

Definition of Cousin

  1. Victor 1792–1867 Fr. philos.




COUSIN Defined for Kids

cousin

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noun cous·in \ˈkə-zən\

Definition of cousin

  1. :  a child of a person's uncle or aunt





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