- a child of a first cousin of one's parent.Compare cousin(def 1).
Origin of second cousin
Examples from the Web for second cousin
You are of the noble Austrian blood; the second-cousin of your mother is a grand duke; you must not forget.'Shorty McCabe
Second-cousin Charles Adams had been in correspondence with him, and advised him to return.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
Val Dartie, it was true, was a second-cousin, but it was not the thing for Holly to go about with him.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
Charles was, in fact, on his mother's side, second-cousin to an English Earl.
He was my own second-cousin, and our folks used to visit back and forth a good deal before he was married.Jerome, A Poor Man
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- the child of a first cousin of either of one's parents
Idioms and Phrases with second cousin
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.