second cousin

noun

Definition of second cousin 

: the child of one's parent's first cousin

Examples of second cousin in a Sentence

Susan is my second cousin.

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The former New York mayor’s first wife, Regina Peruggi, was a second cousin. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Rudy Giuliani accused of affair with married N.H. hospital administrator," 12 June 2018 Backman, 22, died before any of these surviving nieces, nephews or second cousins were ever born. Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News, "More than 76 years after Pearl Harbor, Fox Valley sailor finally laid to rest," 29 May 2018 Much of the research that helped the Project Recover team pinpoint the bomber’s location in Hansa Bay was conducted over several years by a team of family members led by Christie’s second cousin Scott L. Althaus. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "A World War II mystery is solved, and emotions flood in," 28 May 2018 Alex Galvez, 12, center, plays with his second cousins in his family's mobile home in Norwalk, Ohio. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After raid, immigrant families are separated in the American heartland," 30 June 2018 In the early 1990s, roughly five years into his job as an assistant coach, Mr. Jordan began recruiting his second cousin, Matt Finkes, to wrestle for the Buckeyes. James Freeman, WSJ, "Jim Jordan and Ohio State," 10 July 2018 Princess Charlotte, Lena's second cousin, is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zara Tindall's New Baby Girl Has So Many Royal Connections in Her Name," 27 June 2018 To flesh out the search, Deal and the genealogists who assisted him had to go as far back as Maier’s great-grandparents and then work their way through myriad levels of first and second cousins. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Her second cousin and the Emperor’s eldest grandchild, Princess Mako, 26, made the same decision in May 2017. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Second Japanese Princess in 2 Years Will Marry a Commoner, Leave Royal Family," 26 June 2018

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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second cousin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of second cousin

: a child of your parent's cousin

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