first cousin


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lady Pamela, now 93 years old, is Prince Philip's first cousin. Town & Country, 29 Nov. 2022 Elizabeth was furious when the widowed Mary married her first cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, in 1565 without first asking her permission. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 Appling, 31, was charged in June 2021 for the fatal shooting of Edmonds, whose wife is Appling's mother's first cousin, in May of that year. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2023 Bennett’s first cousin, Cedric Tell, father of Ced Darius, was also inside the home across the road and pinned under the massive tree. Mike Cason |, al, 2 Dec. 2022 The three were joined by the Queen's first cousin, Princess Alexandra (not pictured). Emily Burack, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 Hussein’s dictatorship, the Gulf War of the early 1990s, the U.S.-led embargo and our shoddy Arabic language skills further distanced us from our aunts, uncles and 35 first cousins overseas. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 In a twist of fate, the pro athlete met his future wife Zara Tindall (née Phillips) — who is first cousins with Prince Harry — during the competition in Australia. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2023 The acoustic ax in question was given to a young Riley B. King by his mother’s first cousin in 1931. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first cousin was in 1649

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“First cousin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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