cousin - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a child of your uncle or aunt. This person can also be called your first cousin. A child of the cousin of one of your parents is called a second cousin

    Harry and I are cousins.

    The Duke of Kent is a cousin of the Queen.

    1. a.
      someone who is related to you through a brother, sister, uncle, or aunt of one of your parents

      She is a distant cousin (=not a close relation) of the famous author.

  2. 2
    someone or something that is related to another person or thing

    Many politicians want to foster closer links with our European cousins.

    These pigs are close cousins of the wild hog.