Other forms: cognates

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
  1. adjective
    related by blood
    synonyms: akin, blood-related, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous, kin
    connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
  2. adjective
    related in nature
    synonyms: connate
    related, related to
    being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics
  3. adjective
    having the same ancestral language
    cognate languages”
    related, related to
    being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics
  4. noun
    one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another
    synonyms: blood relation, blood relative, sib
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    type of:
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
  5. noun
    a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language
    synonyms: cognate word
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    type of:
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify




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