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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jacklyn and her second cousin, Annabelle Rodriguez, were especially tight with three other classmates at Robb Elementary School. Globe Staff,, 27 May 2022 The actor was a second cousin to the Princess of Wales through his great-great-grandparents, though the two never met. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 In an interview Joseph Barkett said Lisa Barkett’s husband, William Barkett, is his second cousin. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 That’s more than a quarter of our time devoted to staring at screens, absorbing news articles, cat memes, anxiety-inducing politics, and blurry iPhone photos from your second cousin in Florida. Katie Boué, Outside Online, 18 Sep. 2019 While attending her brother's wedding in November 2020, Berrie caught up with her second cousin, Casie Beddome. Maria Pasquini And Johnny Dodd,, 18 Mar. 2022 Singletary is a Jasper, too, and Chase’s second cousin. Jill Abramson, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Neil Davies, a biologist at the University of Cambridge who studied the fossil, says it’s sort of like a second cousin of today’s millipedes. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 One was Chelsea Rustad, a second cousin living in Tacoma. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of second cousin

1660, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2022

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“Second cousin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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