October 19, 2016
cousin (noun)
\KUZZ-in\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : a child of one's uncle or aunt b : a relative descended from a common ancestor2 : a person of a race or people ethnically or culturally related
How do you use it?
Mike and his cousins spend a week each summer camping with their families at the lake.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "cousin" comes from the Latin word for another relative. Which relative do you think the Latin word names?

"Cousin" goes back to the Latin word for "sister." English took "cousin" from the Old French "cosin," but the French got their word from "consobrinus," the Latin word for "cousin." And "consobrinus" traces back ultimately to "soror," the Latin word for "sister." "Aunt" comes from the French word "ante" and traces back to Latin "amita," meaning "aunt." "Uncle" traces to the Latin "avunculus," which means "mother's brother." "Brother" comes from Old English and has as a distant ancestor the Greek "phrater," meaning "member of the same clan."
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