first cousin



anything or anyone closely related to or resembling another: The film producer tried not to make the movie a first cousin to his last hit.

Origin of first cousin

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for first cousin

Historical Examples of first cousin

  • You have a brother-in-law and a first-cousin in Parliament, and your father was an admiral.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • I'm interested in the case, of course, as his wife is my first-cousin.

  • "Her first-cousin once removed," said the squire, who was accurate in these matters.

  • She had it from her friend the Marchioness of Pelby, who was Evelyn's first-cousin.

    Van Bibber and Others

    Richard Harding Davis

  • His first-cousin, mechanically, was what we called the wind-up-the-watch insect.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

Idioms and Phrases with first cousin

first cousin

A close relation or resemblance to someone or something, as in This new machine is a first cousin to the previous model. The figurative use of cousin, which literally means “the child of one's aunt or uncle,” dates from the 1300s.

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