[ grat-is, grey-tis ]
/ ˈgræt ɪs, ˈgreɪ tɪs /


without charge or payment; free: The manufacturer provided an extra set of coat buttons gratis.


free; gratuitous.

Origin of gratis

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin grātīs freely, contraction of grātiīs with favors, graces (ablative plural of grātia grace)

Can be confused

gracious gratis gratuitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gratis


/ (ˈɡreɪtɪs, ˈɡrætɪs, ˈɡrɑːtɪs) /

adverb, adjective

(postpositive) without payment; free of charge

Word Origin for gratis

C15: from Latin: out of kindness, from grātiīs, ablative pl of grātia favour
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