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[grat-is, grey-tis]
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  1. without charge or payment; free: The manufacturer provided an extra set of coat buttons gratis.
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  1. free; gratuitous.
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Origin of gratis

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin grātīs freely, contraction of grātiīs with favors, graces (ablative plural of grātia grace)
Can be confusedgracious gratis gratuitous
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adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) without payment; free of charge
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin: out of kindness, from grātiīs, ablative pl of grātia favour
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Word Origin and History for gratis

mid-15c., "for nothing, freely," from Latin gratis, contraction of gratiis "for thanks," hence, "without recompense," ablative of gratiae "thanks," plural of gratia "favor" (see grace). Meaning "free of charge" is 1540s.

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