- related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
- Linguistics. descended from the same language or form: such cognate languages as French and Spanish.
- allied or similar in nature or quality.
- a person or thing cognate with another.
- a cognate word: The English word cold is a cognate of German kalt.
Origin of cognate
1635–45; < Latin cognātus, equivalent to co- co- + -gnātus (past participle of gnāscī, nāscī to be born)
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Examples from the Web for cognate
However, the Old English "hund" later became "hound" but eventually was replaced by "dog," not a cognate.How Old is the Illiad?
March 1, 2013
The young men who figure at embassies and missions are all "cognate numbers."The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
The adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the cognate word.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
A glade or valley in the wood was called a Dean, Dene, Denne, cognate with den.
The first syllable is cognate with mare and the second means servant.
Richier, has generally been absorbed by the cognate Richard.
- akin; relatedcognate languages
- related by blood or descended from a common maternal ancestorCompare agnate
- cognate object grammar a noun functioning as the object of a verb to which it is etymologically related, as in think a thought or sing a song
- something that is cognate with something else
C17: from Latin cognātus, from co- same + gnātus born, variant of nātus, past participle of nāscī to be born
Word Origin and History for cognate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper