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cousin

[kuhz-uh n] /ˈkʌz ən/
noun
1.
Also called first cousin, full cousin. the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
See also second cousin, removed (def 2).
2.
one 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; relative.
4.
a person or thing related to another by similar natures, languages, geographical proximity, etc.:
Our Canadian cousins are a friendly people.
5.
Slang. a 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.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cosin < Anglo-French co(u)sin, Old French cosin < Latin consōbrīnus cousin (properly, son of one's mother's sister), equivalent to con- con- + sōbrīnus second cousin (presumably orig. “pertaining to the sister”) < *swesrīnos, equivalent to *swesr-, gradational variant of *swesōr (> soror sister) + *-īnos -ine1; for -sr- > -br- cf. December
Related forms
cousinage, cousinhood, cousinship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cousin ship

cousin

/ˈkʌzən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
cousinhood, cousinship, noun
cousinly, adjective, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French cosin, from Latin consōbrīnus cousin, from sōbrīnus cousin on the mother's side; related to soror sister

Cousin

/French kuzɛ̃/
noun
1.
Victor (viktɔr). 1792–1867, French philosopher and educational reformer
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Word Origin and History for cousin ship
cousin
1160, from O.Fr. cosin, from L. consobrinus "mother's sister's child," from com- "together" + sobrinus (earlier *sosrinos) "cousin on mother's side," from soror (gen. sororis) "sister." Used familiarly as a term of address since 1430, especially in Cornwall. Your first cousin (also cousin-german) is the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt; your children and your first cousin's are second cousins to one another; to you, your first cousin's children are first cousin once removed. Phrase kissing cousin is Southern U.S. expression, 1940s, denoting "those close enough to be kissed in salutation;" Kentish cousin (1796) is an old British term for "distant relative."
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Slang definitions & phrases for cousin ship

cousin

noun
  1. Friend; person •An amiable form of address: How you doin', cousin? (1430+)
  2. A dupe; mark, pigeon (1552+ Underworld)
Related Terms

kissing cousin, cousin


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