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
2 : one associated with or related to another : counterpart
3 —used as a title by a sovereign in addressing a nobleman
4 : a person of a race or people ethnically or culturally related <our English cousins>
Examples of cousin
Everyone came to the wedding, including a distant cousin no one had heard from in years.
The cricket is a cousin of the grasshopper.
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
Rhymes with cousin
Definition of Cousin
Victor 1792–1867 Fr. philos.
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