Definitions

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  • n. A body or collection of cousins; the whole number of persons who stand in the relation of cousin to a given person or persons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body or collection of cousins; the whole number of persons who stand in the relation of cousins to a given person or persons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cousins collectively; relatives; kindred.

Etymologies

cousin +‎ -ry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He sold his business to the "cousinry," and, as they considered, on hard terms.

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

  • The Gimp Compound inhabitants met with a dozen other Olsons, including the French branch of my cousinry, in the little city of Montevideo.

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  • Among his early friends was Mr. Henry Cromwell, one of the _cousinry_ of the

    All About Coffee

  • He had by a second will bequeathed all his possessions to the Church, reserving in them a life-interest for his virtual wife; and when the cousinry swooped down on what they thought their prey, Madame Mulhausen could receive them and their condolences with the indignant scorn which their greed and cruelty deserved.

    A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)

  • The "Champion of England" eased in iron or tin, and "able to mount his horse with little assistance," -- this Champion and the thousand-fold cousinry of

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • At Drury Lane, let him play his part, him and his thousand-fold cousinry; and welcome, so long as any public will pay a shilling to see him: but on the solid earth, under the extremely earnest stars, we dare not palter with him, or accept his tomfooleries any more.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • When this despotic middle-class cousinry seizes a victim, he is so carefully gagged and bound that complaint is impossible; he is smeared with slime and wax like a snail in a beehive.

    Sons of the Soil

  • She is a very admirable specimen of her kind ” the mamestra brassicae species of caterpillar, and having with beautiful aplomb outmanoeuvred and flouted the rapacious cousinry, Clara is seen at the last, under the protection of Holy Church, still quietly devouring her Miranda leaf ” such is the irony of nature, and the merit of a perfect digestive apparatus.

    Robert Browning

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