Definition of Cousin
Examples of Cousin
Types of Cousin
- American English – /kUHz-uhn/
- British English – /kUHz-uhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkʌzən/
- British English – /ˈkʌz(ə)n/
- Plural: cousins
- Cousins are delineated by first cousin, second cousin, third cousin, etc., based on the genealogical distance from an individual. For example, the child of your first cousin is your second cousin or cousin once removed. A first cousin is also called a cousin-german or full cousin.
- A cousin is part of an extended family.
- Whether cousins can marry varies by local law or the normative incest taboo of a group. Furthermore, one culture may ban marriages between cousins while others require them.
- Two people who are cousins share (noun) cousinhood or (noun) cousinship and are (adverb) cousinly related.
- “Families of orientation, procreation, and cohabitation provide us with some of the most important roles we will assume in life. The nuclear family roles (such as parent, child, husband, wife, and sibling) combine with extended family roles (such as grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, and in-law) to form the kinship system” (Strong, Devault, and Cohen 2011:19).
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “cousin” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cousin.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cousin/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cousin. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cousin/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “cousin.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/cousin/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cousin.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cousin/>.