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Definition of "cousin" []

  • A child of one's aunt or uncle. Also called first cousin. (noun)
  • A relative descended from a common ancestor, such as a grandparent, by two or more steps in a diverging line. (noun)
  • A relative by blood or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman. (noun)
  • A member of a kindred group or country: our Canadian cousins. (noun)
  • Something similar in quality or character: "There's no mistaking soca for its distant Jamaican cousin, reggae” ( Michael Saunders). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cousin" in a sentence
  • "I. v.32 (37, 6) good cousin Capulet] This _cousin_ Capulet is _unkle_ in the paper of invitation; but as Capulet is described as old, _cousin_ is probably the right word in both places."
  • "I guess my cousin is the one who got all the high-end artistic appreciation skillz."
  • "Sorry but my cousin is a retired officer as are several of his friends and I get my info from them."