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
Her cousin’s house grew too crowded, so Ebony moved into a Salvation Army family shelter and waited for her voucher. '
And, Baby Junebug is Piphus' cousin, a sassy baby who is also a rapper.
Patrick Casey, her 28-year-old male cousin, held the honorable position.
After receiving a puppy, celebrating at Chuck-E-Cheese's, and hosting a Moana-themed party with cousin Penelope, the four-year-old got a DIY basket of science experiments from her Aunt Kendall.
Her mother sat upstairs, and her cousin sat beside her, beaming, because of a childhood promise.
A cousin of Wehmeyer’s parents, who spoke for the family, said Wehmeyer had invited three friends over.
Chauncey's older cousin is getting him involved in sports this summer, and she's become close friends with her next-door neighbor.
Some of the kids came as recently as October with a brother, sister or cousin, while others came with a parent.
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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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