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second cousin

noun

  1. a child of a first cousin of one's parent. Compare cousin ( def 1 ).


second cousin

noun

  1. the child of a first cousin of either of one's parents


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Word History and Origins

Origin of second cousin1

First recorded in 1650–60
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Idioms and Phrases

Something that is related or similar but not quite the same, as in This beef stew is second cousin to boeuf bourguignon . This expression transfers the literal sense of second cousin —that is, the child of the first cousin of one's mother or father—a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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Example Sentences

Charles was, in fact, on his mother's side, second-cousin to an English Earl.

Second-cousin Charles Adams had been in correspondence with him, and advised him to return.

Val Dartie, it was true, was a second-cousin, but it was not the thing for Holly to go about with him.

You are of the noble Austrian blood; the second-cousin of your mother is a grand duke; you must not forget.'

He was my own second-cousin, and our folks used to visit back and forth a good deal before he was married.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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