re·​moved ri-ˈmüvd How to pronounce removed (audio)
: distant in degree of relationship
: of a younger or older generation
a second cousin's child is a second cousin once removed
: separate or remote in space, time, or character

Examples of removed in a Sentence

We're looking for an apartment somewhat removed from the noise of downtown. The child of your first cousin is your first cousin once removed.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of removed was circa 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Removed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: being a generation older or younger
the children of your first cousin are your first cousins once removed
: far away or separate in space, time, or character
a town far removed from cities

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