from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A child of one's aunt or uncle. Also called first cousin.
- n. A relative descended from a common ancestor, such as a grandparent, by two or more steps in a diverging line.
- n. A relative by blood or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman.
- n. A member of a kindred group or country: our Canadian cousins.
- n. Something similar in quality or character: "There's no mistaking soca for its distant Jamaican cousin, reggae” ( Michael Saunders).
- n. Used as a form of address by a sovereign in addressing another sovereign or a high-ranking member of the nobility.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The son or daughter of a person’s uncle or aunt; a first cousin.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One collaterally related more remotely than a brother or sister; especially, the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
- n. 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.
- n. Allied; akin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, one collaterally related by blood more remotely than a brother or sister; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman; hence, a term of address used by a king to a nobleman, particularly to one who is a member of the council, or to a fellow-sovereign.
- n. Specifically, in modern usage The son or daughter of an uncle or an aunt, or one related by descent in a diverging line from a known common ancestor. The children of brothers and sisters are called cousins, cousins german, first cousins, or full cousins; children of first cousins are called second cousins, etc. Often, however, the term second cousin is loosely applied to the son or daughter of a cousin german, more properly called a first cousin once removed.
- Allied; kindred.
- To call “cousin”; claim kindred with. See cousin, n.
- An obsolete spelling of cozen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the child of your aunt or uncle
Middle English cosin, a relative, from Old French, from Latin cōnsōbrīnus, cousin : com-, com- + sōbrīnus, cousin on the mother's side; see swesor- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cosin, from Latin consobrinus, from com- + sobrinus. (Wiktionary)