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cousin (the ordinary mod. sense is freq.)
1. collateral relative more distant than brother or sister, formerly very freq. applied to nephew or niece, as in Ado I. ii. 2, AYL. I. ii. 166; also =uncle Tw.N. I. v. 130, V. i. 316;=brother-in-law 1H4 III. i. 52.
2. in legal language, often formerly applied to the next of kin, including direct ancestors and descendants; so=grandchild in John III. iii. 17, R3 II. ii. 8, II. iv. 9, Oth. I. i. 113.
3. used by a sovereign in formally addressing or mentioning another sovereign or a nobleman Meas. V. i. 165, R3 III. iv. 35.
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