Definition of cousin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʌzn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌzn//
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  1. 1   (also first cousin) a child of your aunt or uncle She's my cousin. We're cousins. see also country cousin, second cousin See related entries: Relations
  2. 2   a person who is in your wider family but who is not closely related to you He's a distant cousin of mine. See related entries: Relations
  3. 3[usually plural] a way of describing people from another country who are similar in some way to people in your own country our American cousins
  4. 4[usually plural] a way of describing things that are similar or related in some way Asian elephants are smaller than their African cousins.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cosin, from Latin consobrinus ‘mother's sister's child’, from con- ‘with’ + sobrinus ‘second cousin’ (from soror ‘sister’).Extra examples Completely out of the blue, she got a letter from her long-lost cousin in New York. I have a new baby cousin. She’s my first cousin once removed. These pigs are close cousins of the wild hog. the popular idea that creativity and madness are kissing cousins
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cousin