cater-cousin

[key-ter-kuhz-uh n]

Origin of cater-cousin

1540–50; perhaps cater + cousin, though original literal sense is unclear
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British Dictionary definitions for cater-cousin

cater-cousin

noun
  1. archaic a close friend

Word Origin for cater-cousin

C16: perhaps from obsolete cater caterer; for sense, compare foster, as in foster brother, etc
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