cousin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kuz'un), [key]
  1. Also calledthe son or daughter of an uncle or aunt.
  2. one related by descent in a diverging line from a known common ancestor, as from one's grandparent or from one's father's or mother's sister or brother.
  3. a kinsman or kinswoman; relative.
  4. a person or thing related to another by similar natures, languages, geographical proximity, etc.: Our Canadian cousins are a friendly people.
  5. a gullible, innocent person who is easily duped or taken advantage of.
  6. a term of address used by a sovereign in speaking, writing, or referring to another sovereign or a high-ranking noble.


Pronunciation: (k-zan'), [key]
  1. 1792–1867, French philosopher and educational reformer: founder of the method of eclecticism in French philosophy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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