[grat-i-tood, -tyood]


the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.

Origin of gratitude

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin grātitūdin- (stem of grātitūdō) thankfulness, equivalent to grāt(us) pleasing + -i- -i- + -tūdin- -tude
Related formso·ver·grat·i·tude, nounun·grat·i·tude, noun

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a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favours

Word Origin for gratitude

C16: from Medieval Latin grātitūdō, from Latin grātus grateful
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Word Origin and History for gratitude

mid-15c., "good will," from Middle French gratitude (15c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratitudinem (nominative gratitudo) "thankfulness," from Latin gratus "thankful, pleasing" (see grace). Meaning "thankfulness" is from 1560s.

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