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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cousin \Cous"in\ (k[u^]z"'n), noun [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}.]

1. One collaterally related more remotely than a brother or sister; especially, the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.

Note: The children of brothers and sisters are usually denominated {first cousins}, or {cousins-german}. In the second generation, they are called {second cousins}. See {Cater-cousin}, and {Quater-cousin}.

Thou art, great lord, my father's sister's son, A cousin-german to great Priam's seed. --Shak.

2. 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. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cousin \Cous"in\, noun Allied; akin. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cousin

noun

1: the child of your aunt or uncle [syn: {cousin}, {first cousin}, {cousin-german}, {full cousin}]


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