cousin

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noun cous·in \ˈkə-zən\

Definition of cousin

  1. 1a :  a child of one's uncle or auntb :  a relative descended from one's grandparent or more remote ancestor by two or more steps and in a different linec :  kinsman, relative a distant cousin

  2. 2 :  one associated with or related to another :  counterpart Rural children deserve as good an education as their city cousins get. — Benjamin Fine

  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

cousinhood

play \ˈkə-zən-ˌhu̇d\ noun

cousinly

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cousinship

play \ˈkə-zən-ˌship\ noun

Examples of cousin in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of cousin

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

Other Forms of Address Terms


Cousin

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biographical name Cou·sin \kü-ˈzaⁿ\

Definition of Cousin

  1. Victor 1792–1867 French philosopher


COUSIN Defined for English Language Learners

cousin

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Definition of cousin for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COUSIN Defined for Kids

cousin

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noun cous·in \ˈkə-zən\

Definition of cousin for Students

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



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