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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Definitions for cater-cousin

  1. an intimate friend.
  2. Obsolete. a cousin.

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Citations for cater-cousin
His master and he, saving your worship's reverence, are scarce catercousins. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1600
I thought you knew him better; for I never saw one who looked and talked so like his cater-cousin. Washington Allston, Monaldi: A Tale, 1841
Origin of cater-cousin
Cater-cousin is of uncertain origin, though the first element may be cater meaning "to provide food and service for," suggesting a bond formed from the shared experience of boarding together.