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Definition of cousin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 second cousin
  2. 2a person who is in your wider family but who is not closely related to you He's a distant cousin of mine.
  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 British 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. see also country cousin, kissing cousin
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cousin