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Topic: FAMILY

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: cosin, from Latin consobrinus, from com- ( COM-) + sobrinus 'cousin on the mother's side' (from soror 'sister')

cousin

noun
     
cous‧in S3 [countable]
1SSF the child of your uncle or aunt first cousin, kissing cousin, second cousin
2 something that has the same origins as something else
cousin of/to
a drug that is a chemical cousin to amphetamines
close/distant cousin
The Alaskan brown bear is a close cousin of the grizzly bear.
3 someone or something that is similar to someone or something else:
His avant-garde music, sometime cousin to jazz, had limited appeal.
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