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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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, 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

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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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