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[ kuhn-grach-uh-ley-shuhnor, often, -graj-, kuhng- ]


  1. the act of congratulating.
  2. congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.


  1. congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):

    Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!

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Other Words From

  • con·gratu·lation·al adjective
  • precon·gratu·lation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of congratulation1

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō ), equivalent to congrātulāt ( us ) ( congratulate ) + -iōn- -ion
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Example Sentences

Long, the Nationals’ hitting coach, texted him to say congratulations.

As he approached second base on his home run trot, stoic — Aaron might have smiled slightly — he slapped hands with Dodgers second baseman Davey Lopes, who offered congratulations.

From Time

If you're a big company because everyone likes your stuff best, well, you're a big company, congratulations.

Do this 10 or 20 times and, if your technique is good, then congratulations—you’ve just made the thinnest known material, and almost the strongest.

From Fortune

Frank Borman did not expect to hear a congratulations from Chuck Yeager one day in 1962—and that’s just as well because he didn’t get one.

From Time

Let Jourdan Dunn be the first of many—not an island, or badge of self-congratulation.

Also missing, thankfully, is the sense of entitlement and self-congratulation one finds in the Bay Area.

Chronic partisan bickering largely gave way to a rare moment of well-deserved self-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.

But in an era when Washington can barely keep its doors open, some congratulation is in order.

Pay visits, both of condolence and congratulation, within a week after the event which calls for them occurs.

In visits of congratulation, go in, and be hearty in your expressions of interest and sympathy.

Letters of Congratulation demand a cheerful, pleasant style, and an appearance of great interest.

What a bound Ethel's heart gave, and how full of congratulation and sympathy was the pressure of Margaret's hand!

Once outside the court-room, however, what a storm and tumult of congratulation awaited them.


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