Cousin meaning

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The definition of a cousin is the child of your aunt and/or uncle.

An example of a cousin is the baby born to your mother's sister.

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A relative by blood or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman.
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A relative descended from a common ancestor, such as a grandparent, by two or more steps in a diverging line.
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A person or thing thought of as somehow related to another.

Our Mexican cousins.

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Something similar in quality or character.
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A child of one's aunt or uncle.
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A member of a kindred group or country.

Our Canadian cousins.

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Used as a form of address by a sovereign in addressing another sovereign or a high-ranking member of the nobility.
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(obs.) A collateral relative more distant than a brother or sister, descended from a common ancestor.
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The son or daughter of one's uncle or aunt.
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(loosely) Any relative by blood or marriage.
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A title of address used by one sovereign to another sovereign or to a nobleman.
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The son or daughter of a person’s uncle or aunt; a first cousin.

I think my cousin could possibly be gay or bi.

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Any relation who is not a direct ancestor or descendant; one more distantly related than an uncle, aunt, granduncle, grandaunt, nephew, niece, grandnephew, grandniece, etc.
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Origin of cousin

  • Middle English cosin a relative from Old French from Latin cōnsōbrīnus cousin com- com- sōbrīnus cousin on the mother's side swesor- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cosin, from Latin cōnsōbrīnus, from com- + sōbrīnus.

    From Wiktionary