[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-]
- the act of congratulating.
- congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
- congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another): Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
Origin of congratulation
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Examples from the Web for congratulation
I offered him my hand in congratulation, and he seized and shook it like the good-natured fool he was—or pretended to be.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
But in an era when Washington can barely keep its doors open, some congratulation is in order.America is Not the Next Greece
October 31, 2013
Miss Dasomma threw her arms about her, and broke into a flood of congratulation.Weighed and Wanting
He was in the shade, which was a matter for congratulation on such a day.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He came up to me with a word of congratulation on the article.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The letter of congratulation must be natural, not stilted, and must be sincere.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
Mary Owens Crowther
Without a pause for breath or congratulation they turned to the necessity of the moment.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
Word Origin and History for congratulation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper