What is my relationship with my wife's cousin called?

@Drumman (305)
United States
January 14, 2008 11:08am CST
I put this in Relationships even though it's not at all a question about any romantic relationship. I just want to know how my wife's cousin is related to me. Is the correct term "cousin-in-law"?
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@nichole1983 (1189)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
The correct term to use is cousin through marriage as you are not blood cousins and I never heard it being called cousin in law. Cousin through marriage is the way it will be.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Sounds good to me!
@Drumman (305)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Cousin through marriage sounds good. Thanks. How about this one? What is my cousin's cousin on the other side of his family. For instance, my mom's brother has a son and that is my cousin. Now, that cousin's mom's brother has a son and that is his cousin. Is that cousin of his anything to me?
• Canada
15 Jan 08
Look at it this way. Your mom's brother would be your uncle. And if he had a kid. They would be your cousin. Your uncle married a woman which would be your auntie through marriage. If this aunties brother had a son he would be in no relation to you as genelogy doesn't work that way. He would be a friend to you. I hope this makes sense to you.
@suspenseful (40331)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
I just call him my cousin . It is easier than going through all that other stuff, but then when I was a little girl, I called every older woman who was a friend to my mother or grandmother, Aunt So and So. Cousin-in-law and even cousin through marriage seems so formal, even my wife's cousin does not fit.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I don't think "cousin-in-law" sounds right! You would be uncle to your wife's neice, not "uncle-in-law." I would think you would just introduce the cousin as "my cousin" or "my wife's cousin," if that didn't feel right. Just my opinion, others may not agree...