first cousin

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His mother, who was also known as Countess Mountbatten of Burma, was Prince Philip's first cousin. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About Queen Elizabeth's 30 Godchildren," 9 Sep. 2018 Fifteen years ago, a large part of the family’s holdings, which had grown to include more than 150 artists working in every medium, moved into the Herzog & de Meuron–designed Schaulager nearby (overseen by Hoffmann’s first cousin, also named Maja). Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Maja Hoffmann’s Cultural Complex Is Poised to Transform This French City," 21 Aug. 2018 The film lands a bombshell: accusations that Houston, as a child, was molested by Dee Dee Warwick, her soul-singing first cousin, 21 years her senior. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary," 4 July 2018 Other godparents of Prince Louis include Will and Kate's close friends Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter (otherwise known as Hannah Gillingham), and Kate's first cousin Lucy Middleton. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Prince Louis's Godfather, Nicholas van Cutsem?," 9 July 2018 For the years leading up to his death at age 40, Radziwill was her husband’s primary caretaker alongside his first cousin, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his wife, Radziwill’s close friend Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. refinery29.com, "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 Robin and Tiffany were first cousins and the two youngest in the family. Michael Harriot, The Root, "How to Watch Your Family Drown Slowly," 15 May 2018 Bill Coleman, John’s first cousin, was killed during the war. Alex Kingsbury, BostonGlobe.com, "You’ve got mail — for now," 10 May 2018 Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin, wore a John Cavanagh dress to marry Scottish businessman Sir Angus Ogilvy. Cady Lang, Time, "The 12 Most Influential British Royal Wedding Dresses of All Time," 1 May 2018

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first cousin

noun

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: a child of your aunt or uncle a

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