agnate

noun
ag·​nate | \ ˈag-ˌnāt How to pronounce agnate (audio) \

Definition of agnate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a relative whose kinship is traceable exclusively through males
2 : a paternal kinsman

agnate

adjective

Definition of agnate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : allied, akin
2 : related through male descent or on the father's side

Other Words from agnate

Adjective

agnatic \ ag-​ˈna-​tik How to pronounce agnate (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of agnate

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for agnate

Noun

borrowed from Latin agnātus "younger child, male blood relative on the father's side," noun from agnātus, past participle of agnāscī "to be born in addition (to), grow later," from ad- ad- + gnāscī, nāscī "to be born" — more at nation

Adjective

borrowed from Latin agnātus — more at agnate entry 1

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“Agnate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agnate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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