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>
cousinhoodplay \-ˌhu̇d\ noun
cousinshipplay \-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
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 Fr. philos.
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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