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cous•in /ˈkʌzən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Anthropologythe son or daughter of an uncle or aunt:cousins on my father's side.
  2. a person or thing related to another by similar natures, languages, etc.:the Americans and all their English-speaking cousins.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cous•in  (kuzən),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. AnthropologyAlso called  first cousin, full cousin, cousin-german. the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
  2. Anthropologyone related by descent in a diverging line from a known common ancestor, as from one's grandparent or from one's father's or mother's sister or brother.
  3. a kinsman or kinswoman;
  4. a person or thing related to another by similar natures, languages, geographical proximity, etc.:Our Canadian cousins are a friendly people.
  5. Slang Termsa gullible, innocent person who is easily duped or taken advantage of.
  6. a term of address used by a sovereign in speaking, writing, or referring to another sovereign or a high-ranking noble.
cousin•age, cousin•hood′, cousin•ship′, n. 
  • *swesrīnos, equivalent. to *swesr-, gradational variant of *swesōr ( soror sister) + *-īnos -ine1; for -sr- -br- compare December
  • Latin consōbrīnus cousin (properly, son of one's mother's sister), equivalent. to con- con- + sōbrīnus second cousin (presumably origin, originally "pertaining to the sister'')
  • Anglo-French co(u)sin, Old French cosin
  • Middle English cosin 1250–1300

Cou•sin  (ko̅o̅ zan),USA pronunciation n.  Vic•tor  (ko̅o̅ zan),USA pronunciation 1792–1867, French philosopher and educational reformer: founder of the method of eclecticism in French philosophy.

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cousin /ˈkʌzən/ n
  1. Also called: first cousin, cousin-german, full cousin the child of one's aunt or uncle
  2. a relative who has descended from one of one's common ancestors. A person's second cousin is the child of one of his parents' first cousins. A person's third cousin is the child of one of his parents' second cousins. A first cousin once removed (or loosely second cousin) is the child of one's first cousin
  3. a member of a group related by race, ancestry, interests, etc: our Australian cousins
  4. a title used by a sovereign when addressing another sovereign or a nobleman
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French cosin, from Latin consōbrīnus cousin, from sōbrīnus cousin on the mother's side; related to soror sister

ˈcousinˌhood, ˈcousinˌship n ˈcousinly adj , adv

Cousin /French: kuzɛ̃/ n
  1. Victor (viktɔr). 1792–1867, French philosopher and educational reformer

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Collocations: my [first, second] cousin, is my (first) cousin [once, twice] removed, a distant cousin (of mine), more...

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