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 Their paternal grandfathers were brothers, and their paternal grandmothers were sisters, making Jeanne and Fernand double second cousins. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 In Thailand, Francis will also be reunited with his second cousin, Sister Ana Rose Sivori, an Argentine nun who has lived in Thailand since 1966 and will serve as Francis’ official translator there. Washington Post, "Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion," 17 Nov. 2019 Investigators found a potential second cousin who could lead them to their killer. Doha Madani, NBC News, "35-year-old cold case murder in Wisconsin solved using DNA and genealogy, police say," 22 Oct. 2019 John McCain, the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, was a second cousin., "Elizabeth Spencer, author of ‘The Light in the Piazza,’ 98 - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 His second cousin is actor Peter Capaldi who played the Doctor in Doctor Who from 2013 - 2017. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "8 Facts About "Someone You Loved" Singer Lewis Capaldi," 29 Oct. 2019 He is survived by his sister, Patricia Fortuna, his cousin, Anne Scanlon, a niece, Judith Fortuna and a nephew, David Fortuna, as well as many second cousins., "Frank J. West," 10 Dec. 2019 That’s when the second cousin started to run away, fearing for his life, police said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Armed robbers shoot man fleeing heist in southeast Houston neighborhood," 25 Nov. 2019 The host’s second cousin has a friend whose roommate I Insta-stalk. Johnathan Appel Lillian Stone, The New Yorker, "Hello, I’d Like to Network at You," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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