Meaning of cognate

cog•nate

Pronunciation: (kog'nāt), [key]
— adj.
  1. related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
  2. descended from the same language or form: such cognate languages as French and Spanish.
  3. allied or similar in nature or quality.
—n.
  1. a person or thing cognate with another.
  2. a cognate word:cold is a cognate of German kalt. The English word
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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