- a feeling of joy.
- the expression of joy.
Origin of gratulation
Examples from the Web for gratulations
All up and down the land there were gratulations, and praise to God.The Abominations of Modern Society
Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
After he had deposited his prize and chattered his gratulations over it, he went away in quest of his mate.
He abated certain taxes, restored certain liberties; hopes and gratulations were in the air.Joan of Arc
Laura E. Richards
Amidst the gratulations of his countrymen and votes of honor, he withdrew to the bosom of his family at the home of his childhood.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)
He was leading her to the table, while people made way for them, covering Verena with gratulations of word and look.The Bostonians, Vol. II (of II)
Word Origin and History for gratulations
late 15c., gratulacyon "expression of thanks," from Latin gratulationem (nominative gratulatio) "a manifestation of joy, wishing joy, rejoicing," from past participle stem of gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace).