Origin of cousin
Examples from the Web for cousinship
Cousinship is a great convenience to their feelings, I should say?Jude the Obscure|Thomas Hardy
The cousinship I don't think matters; Kirsteen brings in too strong an out-strain.The Freelands|John Galsworthy
So far away that only a Scotsman would acknowledge the cousinship.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
Of course you are aware there is a sort of cousinship between us.Molly Bawn|Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Spirit comes to spirit by affinity, says Swedenborg; but our cousinship is not with the high and noble.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
British Dictionary definitions for cousinship (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cousinship (2 of 2)
Word Origin for cousin
Word Origin and History for cousinship
mid-12c., from Old French cosin (12c., Modern French cousin) "nephew, kinsman, cousin," from Latin consobrinus "cousin," originally "mother's sister's son," from com- "together" (see com-) + sobrinus (earlier *sosrinos) "cousin on mother's side," from soror (genitive sororis) "sister."
Italian cugino, Danish kusine, Polish kuzyn also are from French. German vetter is from Old High German fetiro "uncle," perhaps on the notion of "child of uncle." Words for cousin tend to drift to "nephew" on the notion of "father's nephew."
Many IE languages (including Irish, Sanskrit, Slavic, and some of the Germanic tongues) have or had separate words for some or all of the eight possible "cousin" relationships, e.g. Latin, which along with consobrinus had consobrina "mother's sister's daughter," patruelis "father's brother's son," atruelis "mother's brother's son," amitinus "father's sister's son," etc. Old English distinguished fæderan sunu "father's brother's son," modrigan sunu "mother's sister's son," etc.
Used familiarly as a term of address since early 15c., especially in Cornwall. Phrase kissing cousin is Southern U.S. expression, 1940s, apparently denoting "those close enough to be kissed in salutation;" Kentish cousin (1796) is an old British term for "distant relative."
Idioms and Phrases with cousinship
see country cousin; first cousin; kissing cousins; second cousin.