cousin

noun cous·in \ ˈkə-zən \

Definition of cousin

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

cousinhood

play \ˈkə-zən-ˌhu̇d\ noun

cousinly

adjective

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

biographical name Cou·sin \ kü-ˈzaⁿ \

Definition of Cousin

Victor 1792–1867 French philosopher

COUSIN Defined for English Language Learners

cousin

noun

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

noun cous·in \ ˈkə-zən \

Definition of cousin for Students

:a child of a person's uncle or aunt


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