cognate

When you're learning a new language, a cognate is an easy word to remember because it looks and means the same thing as a word you already know. For example, gratitude in English means the same as gratitud in Spanish.

Just as words that are cognates have a shared origin — like gratitude and gratitud both coming from the Latin word gratitudo, meaning "thankfulness" — people can be cognates based on their shared blood. For example, you and your sister are cognates of your parents. You probably even look alike, just like word cognates. The adjective form of cognate can describe blood relations or anyone whose ancestors spoke the same language.

DEFINITIONS OF: cognate

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adj related by blood

Synonyms:
akin, blood-related, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous, kin
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

adj related in nature

Synonyms:
connate
related, related to
being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics

adj having the same ancestral language

cognate languages”
Synonyms
related, related to
being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics

n one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another

Synonyms:
blood relation, blood relative, sib
Type of:
relation, relative
a person related by blood or marriage

n a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language

Synonyms:
cognate word
Type of:
word
a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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