Cognate Definition

kŏgnāt
cognates
adjective
Related by family; having the same ancestor.
Webster's New World
Having the same nature or quality.
Webster's New World
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-.
American Heritage
Related through the same source; derived from a common original form.
English “apple” and German “apfel” are cognate words; French and Spanish are cognate languages.
Webster's New World
Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root; allied; kindred.
Wiktionary
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noun
A person related to another through common ancestry.
Webster's New World
A relative on the mother's side.
Webster's New World
A cognate word, language, or thing.
Webster's New World
A sequence of university courses taken as an adjunct to a graduate degree program.
Earned an MA in linguistics with a cognate in computer science.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
sibblood-relativeblood-relationcognate word

Other Word Forms of Cognate

Noun

Singular:
cognate
Plural:
cognates

Origin of Cognate

  • Latin cognātus co- co- gnātus born past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin cognātus (“related by blood”), from nātus (“born”).

    From Wiktionary

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