cousin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French cosin, from Latin cōnsōbrīnus, from com- + sōbrīnus.

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cousin (plural cousins)

  1. The son or daughter of a person’s uncle or aunt; a first cousin.
    I think my cousin could possibly be gay or bi.
  2. Any relation who is not a direct ancestor or descendant; one more distantly related than an uncle, aunt, granduncle, grandaunt, nephew, niece, grandnephew, grandniece, etc.
  3. (obsolete) A title formerly given by a king to a nobleman, particularly to those of the council. In English writs, etc., issued by the crown, it signifies any earl.
    • Shakespeare
      My noble lords and cousins, all, good morrow.

Usage notes[edit]

  • People who have common grandparents but different parents are first cousins. People who have common great-grandparents but no common grandparents and different parents are second cousins, and so on.
  • In general, one’s nth cousin is anyone other than oneself or one's siblings found by going back n+1 generations and then forward n+1 generations. One of my first cousin's parents is one of my parents' siblings. One of my second cousin's grandparents is one of my grandparents' siblings.
  • The child of one’s first cousin is one’s first cousin once removed; the grandchild of one’s first cousin is one’s first cousin twice removed, and so on. For example, if Phil and Marie are first cousins, and Marie has a son Andre, then Phil and Andre are first cousins once removed.
  • In the southern US, the relation is considered the number of links between two people of common ancestry to the common aunt or uncle.
  • A patrilineal or paternal cousin is a father's niece or nephew, and a matrilineal or maternal cousin a mother's. Paternal and maternal parallel cousins are father's brother's child and mother's sister's child, respectively; paternal and maternal cross cousins are father's sister's child and mother's brother's child, respectively.

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French[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French cosin, from Latin cōnsōbrīnus.

Noun[edit]

cousin m (plural cousins, feminine cousine)

  1. cousin (male)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin culicinus, mosquito-like, from culex

Noun[edit]

cousin m (plural cousins)

  1. crane fly
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Guernésiais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cōnsōbrīnus.

Noun[edit]

cousin m (plural cousins; feminine cousaine, plural cousaines)

  1. (male) cousin