Definition of 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
cousinhoodplay \ˈkə-zən-ˌhu̇d\ noun
cousinshipplay \ˈkə-zən-ˌship\ noun
Examples of cousin in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of cousin from the Web
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who used text-message emojis to offer advice to his cousin on how to kill a wealthy American vacationing in Indonesia has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
The saga centers on the tension between Richard, the young and in some ways hapless 14th-century English king, and his ambitious but principled cousin Henry Bolingbroke.
According to Oh’s council website, one of his cousins was murdered in 1958 by a group of teens while a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is also survived by his children Abbi Cooley and Karsen Cooley; Girlfriend Amy Donahue; Maternal Grand Parent and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.
One of them was Luis Endara, cousin of Guillermo Endara, who won the country's May election but was blocked by Noriega from taking power.
As Verona descends into mournful chaos, Rosaline is ordered, along with Romeo's cousin Benvolio, to make a politically motivated sacrifice.
The impetus for Brooks’s attack on Sumner was that Sumner had mocked Brooks’s second cousin, South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler, for his support of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
That summer, my brother, my cousin and I, all in our 20s, were in a schoolyard in Riverdale in the Bronx looking for a fourth for a pickup basketball game.
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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
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of Cousin
Victor 1792–1867 French philosopher
COUSIN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cousin for Students
: a child of a person's uncle or aunt
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