See under kissing kin.
something closely related or very similar: a textile that is a kissing cousin to nylon.
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Origin of kissing cousin
First recorded in 1935–40
Definition for kissing cousin (2 of 2)
any more or less distant kin familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss, as a cousin (kissing cousin).
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