- The definition of cognate is related by birth.
An example of cognate is the relationship between two siblings.
cognate definition by Webster's New World
- related by family; having the same ancestor
- having the same nature or quality
- Linguis. related through the same source; derived from a common original form: English apple and German apfel are cognate words; English and Flemish are cognate languages
Origin: Classical Latin cognatus, related by birth ; from co-, together plush gnatus, past participle of gnasci, older form of nasci, to be born: see genus
- a person related to another through common ancestry
- a relative on the mother's side
- a cognate word, language, or thing
cognate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Related by blood; having a common ancestor.
- Related in origin, as certain words in genetically related languages descended from the same ancestral root; for example, English name and Latin nōmen from Indo-European *nō̆-men-.
- Related or analogous in nature, character, or function.
- One related by blood or origin with another, especially a person sharing an ancestor with another.
- A word related to one in another language.
Origin: Latin cognātus : co-, co- + gnātus, born, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- cog·naˈtion noun