second cousin


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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Grace and Blanche, two old mice who were second cousins, reached relative fame before dying within months of each other at their home in Bar Harbor, Maine. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "This Old Mouse: ‘Golden Girls’ Unlock the Mysteries of Aging," 26 Mar. 2019 The son of European royals on both sides of the family, Prince Michel is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's second cousin through King Christian IX of Denmark. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 Proud feminist Meghan may like this tribute to an iconic woman, and second cousin Princess Eugenie also counts it as one of her middle names. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "All of the Royal Baby Names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Choose," 22 Mar. 2019 Like the queen, his great-grandfather was England's King Edward VII, making the monarchs second cousins. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 His social-media site enabled me to find and maintain close contact with my second cousin Kelly Warshofsky during the last five years of her life. Beth Herman, WSJ, "A Family Reunion, Thanks to Facebook," 18 July 2018 She's appeared in Inherent Vice and on Portlandia, and is the second cousin (twice removed) of Governor-elect of California Gavin Newsom. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Andy Samberg's Wife Joanna Newsom Is a Music Legend In Her Own Right," 7 Jan. 2019 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 Ms. Christie’s second cousin Scott L. Althaus. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A World War II Mystery Is Solved, and Emotions Flood In," 28 May 2018 The former New York mayor’s first wife, Regina Peruggi, was a second cousin. Mark Shanahan,, "Rudy Giuliani accused of affair with married N.H. hospital administrator," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of second cousin

1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of second cousin

: a child of your parent's cousin

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