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.

More examples

  • I went over to Ireland for my cousin's wedding.
  • Tiago has nine cousins - five girls and four boys.
  • She ran excitedly down the hall to greet her cousins.
  • All of the cousins are very close and love meeting up.
  • Daniel and Ralph are cousins - their mums are sisters.

(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)