cousin

Definitions

  • Now then, cousin Emma
    Now then, cousin Emma
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cousin the child of your aunt or uncle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

William sitting on a bench with Miss Drew and her cousin William sitting on a bench with Miss Drew and her cousin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Britain's present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
    • Cousin 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. "My noble lords and cousins , all, good morrow."
    • n Cousin Allied; akin. "Agnate words.""Assume more or less of a fictitious character, but congenial and agnate with the former."
    • Cousin One collaterally related more remotely than a brother or sister; especially, the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt. "Thou art, great lord, my father's sister's son,
      A cousin-german to great Priam's seed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee are the only brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their cousin, Henry Lee, was a famous Revolutionary War commander and the father of General Robert E. Lee.
    • n cousin 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. In English royal writs and commissions it is applied to any peer of the degree of an earl—a practice dating from the time of Henry IV., who was related or allied to every earl in the kingdom.
    • n cousin 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.
    • cousin Allied; kindred.
    • cousin To call “cousin”; claim kindred with. See cousin, n.
    • cousin An obsolete spelling of cozen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Watermelon, considered one of America's favorite fruits, is really a vegetable (Citrullus lanatus). Cousin to the cucumber and kin to the gourd, watermelons can range in size from 7 to 100 pounds.
    • n Cousin kuz′n formerly a kinsman generally; now, the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt: a term used by a sovereign in addressing another, or to one of his own noblemen: something kindred or related to another
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.”
  • Napoleon III
    Napoleon III
    “The Empress is legitimate, my cousin is Republican, Morny is Orleanist, I am a socialist; the only Bonapartist is Persigny, and he is mad.”
  • Bedouin Proverb
    Bedouin Proverb
    “I against my brother I and my brother against our cousin, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors all of us against the foreigner.”

Idioms

Kissing cousin - A kissing cousin is someone you are related to, but not closely.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cousin, LL. cosinus, cusinus, contr. from L. consobrinus, the child of a mother's sister, cousin; con-, + sobrinus, a cousin by the mother's side, a form derived fr. soror,for sosor,) sister. See Sister, and cf. Cozen Coz
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. consobrinuscon, sig. connection, and sobrinus for sororinus, applied to the children of sisters—soror, a sister.

Usage

In literature:

But are you sure, my dear Jessie, that you will enjoy your cousins' visit?
"Jessie Carlton" by Francis Forrester
CANDACE ARDEN'S mother had not only been Mrs. Gray's cousin, but her particular friend as well.
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
A marriage with my cousin's son?
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
The reader may be sure that the Baronet had heard many things respecting Cousin George which he did not like.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
I think you told me you had a cousin as well as your mother to support; I shall not forget it.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
It was Betsey who decidedly withdrew from any intimacy with her cousins.
"David Fleming's Forgiveness" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Though Jolly Robin was quite bold for his size, he had a cousin who was actually shy.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Sometimes the thought came to Cousin Ann that the young cousins were perhaps taking their cue from the older generation.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
I only want my aunt and cousins.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
And yet her cousin Michael was giving the divine gift of genius to her more scantily endowed sister; genius!
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

They speak about their in-laws
And cousins twice removed,
And disagreeable neighbours
And loves inconstant proved —
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
I used to watch old Mistus' face,
And when it looked quite long
I would say to Cousin Milly,
The battle's going wrong;
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
But something stronger than herself
Would cry, "Go on, go on!
Remember, though an humble fowl,
You're cousin to a swan."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
A shadow lay upon my heart,
The feydom o' some comin' ill;
I heard a stap, an' leukin' up,
Saw Cousin Hughie o' the Hill.
"Sheepieknowe: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
My cousin fair, dear Mary B,
Excuse my long neglect I pray,
And pardon too, the homely strain,
In which I sing this rustic lay.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
And so do his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts
His sisters and his cousins!
Whom he reckons by the dozens,
And his aunts!
"Fragments" by Louisa May Alcott

In news:

Darwin, after discovering the lack of vigor in inbred plants, worried that first-cousin marriages like his own might have adverse genetic effects, and that his own children might be affected.
Glass 'cousin' for Indio Spirits.
Here are several questions Cousin suggests you ask during the interview to help you arrive at that answer.
President Bush came to his parent's century-old summer home on the Maine coast for a little relaxation, a distant cousin's wedding and some family time.
A terrifying RATT poster his cousin had on his wall.
The jagged little Canadian with the jagged little voice manages to make sensuality and rage act like kissing cousins.
Cousins at Deer Lake on Whidbey Island, Washington, August 2009.
Tony Lynn, cousin of the groom, officiated the ceremony.
Jerry Lee Lewis weds cousin's ex-wife.
Rocker previously married cousin's 13-year-old sister.
Jerry Lee Lewis Marries Cousin's Ex-Wife.
Jerry Lee Lewis has married his cousin's ex-wife, CNN reports.
Cousin's ex becomes Jerry Lee Lewis ' 7th wife.
Brown was married to Lewis' cousin Rusty Brown.
Jeziah Robertson, 7, and Dakotarome Paul, 6, Cousins.
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In science:

Tannenhauser, “Glueballs and their KaluzaKlein cousins”, Phys.
Large N field theories from superstrings
The terrestrial GRBs show us that (even) charged, low-density plasmas can be the sources, on scales of tens of Km, though at much lower (intrinsic) power than their extraterrestrial cousins.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
The corresponding Cousin problem consists in finding a system {fj : j ∈ J } of derivationally (q + 1, n − 1)-holomorphic sections fj : Uj → B such that fi,j = fi − fj in Ui ∩ Uj for each i, j ∈ J . 3.14.
Line antiderivations over local fields and their applications
Then 2.8 on each Uj gives a solution uj such that (ui − uj ) are derivationally (q + 2, n − 1)-holomorphic on Ui ∩ Uj and form derivationally (q + 2, n − 1)-holomorphic Cousin data in B .
Line antiderivations over local fields and their applications
Set θj := − Pk χk fk ,j in Uj , hence by Theorem 2.7.2 there exists a C (q+2,n−1) -solution of the Cousin problem: fi,j := Pk χk (fi,k + fk ,j ) = θi − θj in Ui ∩ Uj ; ¯∂ θi = ¯∂ θj in Ui ∩ Uj .
Line antiderivations over local fields and their applications
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