Second cousin
Second Sec"ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other. [1913 Webster]

And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen. xli. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior. [1913 Webster]

May the day when we become the second people upon earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

3. Being of the same kind as another that has preceded; another, like a prototype; as, a second Cato; a second Troy; a second deluge. [1913 Webster]

A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Second Adventist}. See {Adventist}.

{Second cousin}, the child of a cousin.

{Second-cut file}. See under {File}.

{Second distance} (Art), that part of a picture between the foreground and the background; -- called also {middle ground}, or {middle distance}. [R.]

{Second estate} (Eng.), the House of Peers.

{Second girl}, a female house-servant who does the lighter work, as chamber work or waiting on table.

{Second intention}. See under {Intention}.

{Second story}, {Second floor}, in America, the second range of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is called the {first floor}, the one beneath being the {ground floor}.

{Second thought} or {Second thoughts}, consideration of a matter following a first impulse or impression; reconsideration. [1913 Webster]

On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had known him. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • second cousin — ► second cousin a child of one s parent s first cousin. Main Entry: ↑cousin …   English terms dictionary

  • second cousin — n. the child of one s parent s first cousin; also, in some social traditions, the first cousin of one s parent …   English World dictionary

  • second cousin — n a child of a ↑cousin of one of your parents …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • second cousin — noun count a child of your parent s COUSIN …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • second cousin — noun a child of a first cousin (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑relative, ↑relation * * * noun, pl ⋯ sins [count] : a child of your parent s cousin Susan is my second cousin. compare ↑first cousin * * * ˌ …   Useful english dictionary

  • second cousin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms second cousin : singular second cousin plural second cousins a child of your parent s cousin …   English dictionary

  • second cousin — second cousins N COUNT Your second cousins are the children of your parents first cousins. Compare first cousin …   English dictionary

  • second cousin — The same as first cousin once removed. Re O Mara s Estate, 106 NJ Eq 311, 151 A 67. The child of a first cousin. Anno: 54 ALR2d 1011. A relative in the fifth degree according to the civil law method of computing degrees of kinship which prevails… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • second cousin — {n.} A child of your father s or mother s first cousin. * /Mary and Jane are second cousins./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second cousin — {n.} A child of your father s or mother s first cousin. * /Mary and Jane are second cousins./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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