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[grach-uh-ley-shuh n]
  1. a feeling of joy.
  2. the expression of joy.
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Origin of gratulation

1425–75; late Middle English gratulacioun < Latin grātulātiōn- (stem of grātulātiō). See gratulate, -ion
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Examples from the Web for gratulations

Historical Examples

  • All up and down the land there were gratulations, and praise to God.

    The Abominations of Modern Society

    Rev. T. De Witt Talmage

  • After he had deposited his prize and chattered his gratulations over it, he went away in quest of his mate.

  • He abated certain taxes, restored certain liberties; hopes and gratulations were in the air.

    Joan of Arc

    Laura E. Richards

  • Amidst the gratulations of his countrymen and votes of honor, he withdrew to the bosom of his family at the home of his childhood.

  • He was leading her to the table, while people made way for them, covering Verena with gratulations of word and look.

Word Origin and History for gratulations



late 15c., gratulacyon "expression of thanks," from Latin gratulationem (nominative gratulatio) "a manifestation of joy, wishing joy, rejoicing," from past participle stem of gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace).

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