[kuh n-grats, kuh ng-]

noun, interjection Informal.

Origin of congrats

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of congrats

  • We might give her something more substantial than congrats and blessings!

British Dictionary definitions for congrats


chiefly Brit congratters (kənˈɡrætəz)

pl n, sentence substitute

informal shortened forms of congratulations
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Word Origin and History for congrats

1884, colloquial shortening of congratulations. Further colloquialized in British English to congratters (1906) and among online gamers to grats (by 2000).

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