Definition of


  1. (noun, person) one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
  2. (noun, communication) a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
  3. (adj, all) related in nature
  4. (adj, all) having the same ancestral language
  5. (adj, all) related by blood

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Alternate forms of Cognate

Derivations: cognate

Hypernyms: relation, relative, word

Origin of the word Cognate

  1. c.1645, from L. cognatus "of common descent," from com- "together" + gnatus, pp. of gnasci, older form of nasci "to be born" (see genus). Words that are cognates are cousins, not siblings. more

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