Meaning of “cousin” in the English Dictionary

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"cousin" in British English

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cousinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌz.ən/ us /ˈkʌz.ən/

A2 also first cousin a child of a person's aunt or uncle, or, more generally, a distant (= not close) relation:

My brother's wife and I both had babies around the same time, so the cousins are very close in age.
Many of our distant cousins, whom we hadn't seen for years, came to my sister's wedding.

a member of a group of people with similar origins:

We Americans owe a great deal to our European cousins.

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(Definition of “cousin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cousin" in American English

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cousinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkʌz·ən/

a child of a person’s aunt or uncle

(Definition of “cousin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)