[ ag-neyt ]
/ ˈæg neɪt /


a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
any male relation on the father's side.


related or akin through males or on the father's side.
allied or akin.

Origin of agnate

1525–35; < Latin agnātus paternal kinsman, variant of ad(g)nātus born to (past participle of adgnāscī), equivalent to ad- ad- + -gnā be born + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

ag·nat·ic [ag-nat-ik] /ægˈnæt ɪk/, ag·nat·i·cal, adjectiveag·nat·i·cal·ly, adverbag·na·tion [ag-ney-shuh n] /ægˈneɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for agnate


/ (ˈæɡneɪt) /


related by descent from a common male ancestor
related in any way; cognate


a male or female descendant by male links from a common male ancestor

Derived Forms

agnatic (æɡˈnætɪk), adjectiveagnation, noun

Word Origin for agnate

C16: from Latin agnātus born in addition, added by birth, from agnāsci, from ad- in addition + gnāsci to be born
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