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See also: Cousin
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌz.n̩/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkʌz.ɪn/, /ˈkʌzən/
- (US, weak vowel merger) IPA(key): [ˈkʰɐz.ən]
Audio (US, California) (file)
- Rhymes: -ʌzən
- Homophone: cozen (weak vowel merger)
cousin (plural cousins)
- The child of a person's uncle or aunt; a first cousin.
- Synonym: first cousin
- I think my cousin is a good man.
- Any relation who is not a direct ancestor or descendant but part of one's extended family; one more distantly related than an uncle, aunt, granduncle, grandaunt, nephew, niece, grandnephew, grandniece, etc.
- (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.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv]:
- My noble lords and cousins, all, good morrow.
- (figuratively) Something kindred or related to something else.
- (espionage, slang, chiefly in the plural) A member of the British intelligence services (from an American perspective) or of the American intelligence services (from a British perspective).
- 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, one's siblings or nearer cousins found by going back n+1 generations and then forward n+1 generations. One of one's first cousin's parents is one's parents' siblings. One of one's second cousin's grandparents is one of one's 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.
terms derived from cousin (noun)
nephew or niece of a parent
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- cousin (male)
cousin m (plural cousins)
- cousinière (“protective mesh against crane flies”)
- “cousin” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- male cousin
- French: cousin