kissing cousin

noun

Definition of kissing cousin

1 : one that is closely related in kind to something else
2 : a person and especially a relative whom one knows well enough to kiss more or less formally upon meeting

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First Known Use of kissing cousin

1941

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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kissing cousin

Definition of kissing cousin for English Language Learners

  • : a person and especially a relative who you know well enough to kiss in a formal way when you meet


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