Meaning of cousin in English:

cousin

Pronunciation /ˈkʌz(ə)n/

Translate cousin into Spanish

noun

  • 1A child of one's uncle or aunt.

    ‘Not just the immediate family, but including all my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.’
    • ‘There is a great loyalty to one's immediate family and even beyond - to uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘At any given time, there are about ten kids outside, plus various aunts, uncles, cousins and other assorted relatives.’
    • ‘The family includes many relatives, such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces.’
    • ‘I have never been one for arguing, mainly because in the context of my extended family there were always plenty of aunts, uncles and cousins willing to take it too far.’
    • ‘And I have aunts and uncles and cousins who are really, really close to me and marvelous friends.’
    • ‘But the real hit of the night was the card from my aunt, uncle and cousins.’
    • ‘Thuy came to Australia as a 24-year-old Vietnamese boat person, together with her uncle, aunt and cousins.’
    • ‘With no aunts, uncles or cousins, she and Emily had only each other.’
    • ‘It had been a huge family affair, all my cousins and uncles and aunts.’
    • ‘The extended family system has cemented the blood line relationship to an extent that children born of brothers are not called cousins but brothers or sisters.’
    • ‘He grew up an only child, with his cousins being his brothers and sisters.’
    • ‘He now knows his mother, knows about his father, half-brothers, cousins, a grandma.’
    • ‘A large supporting party will include mum, dad, brothers and cousins.’
    • ‘They appeared to belong to my cousin who was intending to return them to the library.’
    • ‘The flat belonged to his cousin - a woman on the fringes of the underworld.’
    • ‘They went back and discovered that their mother was there, they had brothers, cousins, sisters and a whole branch of relations.’
    • ‘All of my family - from my mom's sisters and brother and cousins to my dad's sisters and brothers and cousins - is here in the same apartment complex.’
    • ‘The family includes his wife, two daughters, his father, his cousin and sister-in-law.’
    • ‘Now the child is with my cousin's father and mother.’
    • ‘But if you decided to marry your first cousin, that would be very welcome.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
    1. 1.1A person in one's wider extended family, to whom one is not closely related.
      ‘she's a distant cousin’
      • ‘This man is surely a distant cousin; probably a descendant of Cap'n Skewes!’
      • ‘An extended family tree will grow to include many distant cousins.’
      • ‘He and Joe were distant cousins on his mother's side.’
      • ‘In this case he is referred to as a nephew of the deceased in accordance with the Portuguese practice, although in fact he was the son of a distant cousin.’
      • ‘And I think that's been a great blessing for me, to have - I have four brothers and extended cousins who I rely on to get me through.’
      • ‘As part of the investigation into her disappearance police travelled to Bradford to interview members of her extended family, including cousins thought to be of a similar age.’
      • ‘Today, many of his cousins and extended family members are contributing to the Pakistani architecture and urban planning.’
      • ‘Sympathy is extended to his extended family, cousins and friends.’
      • ‘Stop treating us like your distant cousins when we are your brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘Mother and daughter found themselves surrounded by distant cousins.’
      • ‘However, if laws prohibiting adult incest were extended to, say, distant cousins, what possible justification could be given?’
      • ‘Some species are like brothers and sisters; others are distant cousins.’
      • ‘He was ‘uncle’ because Mike's mother was a distant cousin from back when Natives were still free.’
      • ‘If someone asks me how I'm related to the bride or groom, I say I'm a distant cousin.’
      • ‘By the age of five he was speaking French, having been instructed by a distant cousin in the back seat of grandmother's LaSalle.’
      • ‘At 22, her father tried to force her to marry a distant cousin she had never met, but she managed to escape to the Netherlands where she obtained political asylum.’
      • ‘Her father had arranged her marriage to a distant cousin.’
      • ‘My dad was busy as ever with work, so the family drafted in a distant cousin to help look after me, my brother and my sister during the summer holidays.’
      • ‘In 1683, aged 18, she was married to Prince George of Denmark, a distant cousin, and their relationship quickly blossomed into one of lasting devotion.’
      • ‘Two brothers and a sister, big Irish family, you know, a lot of extended relatives and cousins, and now just a wonderful, idyllic upbringing.’
    2. 1.2A thing related or analogous to another.
      ‘the new motorbikes are not proving as popular as their four-wheel cousins’
      • ‘After all that effort, to have the Pentecostals create a powerful Religious Right in South America analogous to its cousins in the North?’
      • ‘The result of all these developments is that, finally, the digital scope could make its analogue cousin obsolete.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that choline and its cousins are related to memory.’
      • ‘It all seemed a bit like sun suits as opposed to bathing suits, which look way better on the beach than their similarly priced cousins but are ruined if you get them wet…’
      • ‘Never mind the fact that the cruisers gracing the city roads are mere pocket versions of their original cousins built for autobahns and freeways.’
      • ‘There are other similarities with its London cousin - the bar-restaurant-rooms combination; the concentration of beautiful people.’
      • ‘AM ‘talk’ radio in Australia is fairly similar to its American cousin.’
      • ‘Most people know that PDAs started as electronic counterparts to their cousins, paper-based organizers.’
      • ‘The molecules are similar to their better-known cousins, carbon nanotubes.’
      • ‘Soybean meal is a high-nitrogen fertilizer that's very similar to its better-known cousin, cottonseed meal.’
      • ‘Much as some may think otherwise, counter-insurgency and its cousin counter-terrorism are old businesses with a lot of history.’
      • ‘Though you probably wouldn't want to chug a gallon of it, diethylene glycol is nowhere near as harmful as its similarly named chemical cousin.’
      • ‘Albeit a somewhat watered-down analog of garlic, their more malodorous cousin, raw onions are one of the best medicinal foods.’
      • ‘It is closely related to its more favourite cousin the melon.’
      • ‘The wolves live in packs of up to 12 adults but hunt and forage alone, unlike gray wolves, their North American and European cousins, that hunt in packs.’
      • ‘But these tropical bananas aren't much like their commercial cousins in North American supermarkets.’
      • ‘Like their European cousins, Indian breeds also have geographical names.’
      • ‘In some Chilean varieties, the ears are much larger than their North American cousins.’
      • ‘British bluebells are already threatened by their Spanish cousins, which are crossbreeding with the English variety, interfering with its genetic integrity.’
      • ‘Before that, next month, the skipper and his team will make their debut in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race, the Scottish cousin of the longer established Three Peaks event.’
    3. 1.3usually cousinsA person of a kindred race or nation.
      ‘our American cousins’
      • ‘In the spring, these British birds can beat their Spanish cousins back to Germany, getting dibs on the best nesting sites.’
      • ‘Of course, once permanently established, the Australian settlers lived and worked as their forebears in England and their cousins in North America.’
      • ‘Despite having to get used to American spellings she quickly took to the game, and continued to play on board an ocean liner as she crossed the Pacific to visit more cousins in Australia.’
      • ‘Do we never learn from our American and European cousins?’
      • ‘The entire nation, although separated from our American cousins by 3,000 miles of ocean, has been touched by the tragedy.’
      • ‘Brits spend more hours chained to their office desks than their European cousins - because British bosses simply don't trust their staff to work at home instead of in the office.’
      • ‘They wanted to look and live like their European and American cousins and for that they needed capital.’
      • ‘In the longer term we should hope that the Chinese and Indians - and our equally-threatening eastern European cousins - raise wage levels nearer to those in the west.’
      • ‘There are people who are visibly Mäori but come from very European upbringings, not to mention our cousins from the Pacific who might look Mäori, but who are not.’
      • ‘Millions of Americans have also followed the example of their British cousins, remortgaging to take advantage of record low interest rates.’
      • ‘Besides, New Zealand would be more favorable to Australia, because after all, you people are cousins.’
      • ‘As more and more people are spending their precious leisure time going to see a play or musical, it is no wonder that our European cousins see this country as the most cultured nation in Europe.’
      • ‘There is, however, more villainy afoot in this film than the English or the class that they and their American cousins represent.’
      • ‘In daily campaigning, Australians borrow very little from their American cousins.’
      • ‘The French call this potager gardening, while our American cousins know it as edible landscaping.’
      • ‘Yes, America is a Christian country, more religious than its decadent European cousins.’
      • ‘We drink more than our European cousins, more than we used to.’
      • ‘They get it, even if their British cousins don't.’
      • ‘So why are Canadians falling behind their American cousins?’
      • ‘She has, as our American cousins might say, baggage.’
    4. 1.4historical A title formerly used by a sovereign in addressing another sovereign or a noble of their own country.

Origin

Middle English from Old French cosin, from Latin consobrinus ‘mother's sister's child’, from con- ‘with’ + sobrinus ‘second cousin’ (from soror ‘sister’).