Cousin (French) n Victor (viktɔr). 1792--1867, French philosopher and educational reformer
Archaic a close friend
(C16: perhaps from obsolete cater caterer; for sense, compare foster, as in foster brother, etc.)
n an unsophisticated person from the country, esp. one regarded as an object of amusement
1 (Also called)
first cousin, cousin-german, full cousin the child of one's aunt or uncle
2 a relative who has descended from one of one's common ancestors. A person's second cousin is the child of one of his parents' first cousins. A person's third cousin is the child of one of his parents' second cousins. A first cousin once removed (or loosely second cousin) is the child of one's first cousin.
3 a member of a group related by race, ancestry, interests, etc.
our Australian cousins
4 a title used by a sovereign when addressing another sovereign or a nobleman
(C13: from Old French cosin, from Latin consobrinus cousin, from sobrinus cousin on the mother's side; related to soror sister)
cousinhood, cousinship n
cousinly adj, adv
n the child of a first cousin of either of one's parents