Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

second cousin

a child of a first cousin of one's parent.
Compare cousin (def 1).
Origin of second cousin
1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for second-cousin
Historical Examples
  • Charles was, in fact, on his mother's side, second-cousin to an English Earl.

  • You are of the noble Austrian blood; the second-cousin of your mother is a grand duke; you must not forget.'

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • second-cousin Charles Adams had been in correspondence with him, and advised him to return.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Val Dartie, it was true, was a second-cousin, but it was not the thing for Holly to go about with him.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • He was my own second-cousin, and our folks used to visit back and forth a good deal before he was married.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for second-cousin

second cousin

the child of a first cousin of either of one's parents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with second-cousin

second cousin

Something that is related or similar but not quite the same, as in This beef stew is second cousin to boeuf bourguignon. This expression transfers the literal sense of second cousin—that is, the child of the first cousin of one's mother or father—a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for second cousin

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for second

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for second-cousin