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[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō), equivalent to congrātulāt(us) (see congratulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
congratulational, adjective
precongratulation, noun Unabridged
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  • I call on you, dear Alicia, for congratulations: I am my own self, gay and triumphant!

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • I accept your congratulations with pride, and I am glad you approve.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Any but these men of iron would have adjourned for thanks and congratulations.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • They might have written to him, and have offered their congratulations.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • "You have got to thank me for it all, Jimmy," Ethel said, when he came to her for congratulations.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
British Dictionary definitions for congratulations


plural noun, sentence substitute
expressions of pleasure or joy; felicitations
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Word Origin and History for congratulations

1630s, an exclamation conveying a sentiment of congratulation, from congratulation (q.v.).



mid-15c., from Latin congratulationem (nominative congratulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of congratulari "wish joy," from com- "together, with" (see com-) + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace (n.)).

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