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cognate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
    blood relative; blood relation; sib.
  2. noun a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
    cognate word.
  3. adjective satellite related in nature
    • connate qualities
  4. adjective satellite having the same ancestral language
    • cognate languages
  5. adjective satellite related by blood
    blood-related; consanguine; kin; akin; consanguineal; consanguineous.

Cog"nate adjective
L. cognatus; co- + gnatus, natus, p. p. of nasci, anciently gnasci, to be born. See Nation, and cf. Connate.
  1. Allied by blood; kindred by birth; specifically (Law), related on the mother's side.
  2. Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root; allied; kindred; as, a cognate language.
Cog"nate noun
  1. (Law) One who is related to another on the female side. Wharton.
  2. One of a number of things allied in origin or nature; as, certain letters are cognates.

Webster 1913

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