Agnate Definition

ăgnāt
agnates
adjective
Related on or descended from the father's or male side.
American Heritage
Related through male descent or on the father's side.
Webster's New World
Coming from a common source; akin.
American Heritage
Akin.
Webster's New World
Related to someone by male connections or on the paternal side of the family.
Wiktionary
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noun
agnates
A relative on the father's or male side only.
American Heritage
A relative through male descent or on the father's side.
Webster's New World

A relative whose relation is traced only through male members of the family.

A great grandfather is an agnate if he is your father’s father’s father.
Wiktionary

Any paternal male relative.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • patrilineal sib
  • patrisib
  • patrilineal kin
  • patrikin

Other Word Forms of Agnate

Noun

Singular:
agnate
Plural:
agnates

Origin of Agnate

  • Latin agnātus past participle of agnāscī to become an agnate ad- ad- nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Latin agnātus (“paternal kinsman”).

    From Wiktionary

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