The Duc de Noailles is wearing mourning and receiving letters at Neuilly on grounds of cousinship.
Of course you are aware there is a sort of cousinship between us.
She did not offer explanations, but in her own mind she peremptorily refused to deny or relinquish that cousinship.
No two thoughts were related to each other even by the fortieth cousinship.
Had it been sixpence, the cousinship would have required elaborate proof, before the treaty could have made further progress.
What is relative is not unreal; it is simply shared, like cousinship.
He called her "Cousin Phillidy," and the cousinship, although very distant, enabled him to do the little woman many a good turn.
The first dance over, he came to claim me in right of “cousinship,” he said.
The cousinship I don't think matters; Kirsteen brings in too strong an out-strain.
I do not know what privilege of cousinship he would not like to claim, only he is so timid.
mid-12c., from Old French cosin (12c., Modern French cousin) "nephew, kinsman, cousin," from Latin consobrinus "cousin," originally "mother's sister's son," from com- "together" (see com-) + sobrinus (earlier *sosrinos) "cousin on mother's side," from soror (genitive sororis) "sister."
Italian cugino, Danish kusine, Polish kuzyn also are from French. German vetter is from Old High German fetiro "uncle," perhaps on the notion of "child of uncle." Words for cousin tend to drift to "nephew" on the notion of "father's nephew."
Many IE languages (including Irish, Sanskrit, Slavic, and some of the Germanic tongues) have or had separate words for some or all of the eight possible "cousin" relationships, e.g. Latin, which along with consobrinus had consobrina "mother's sister's daughter," patruelis "father's brother's son," atruelis "mother's brother's son," amitinus "father's sister's son," etc. Old English distinguished fæderan sunu "father's brother's son," modrigan sunu "mother's sister's son," etc.
Used familiarly as a term of address since early 15c., especially in Cornwall. Phrase kissing cousin is Southern U.S. expression, 1940s, apparently denoting "those close enough to be kissed in salutation;" Kentish cousin (1796) is an old British term for "distant relative."