[kuhn-grats, kuhng-]
noun, interjection Informal.

1880–85; by shortening Unabridged
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congrats or (chiefly Brit) congratters (kənˈɡræts, kənˈɡrætəz)
pl n, —sentence substitute
informal shortened forms of congratulations
congratters or (chiefly Brit) congratters
pl n, —sentence substitute

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Word Origin & History

1884, colloquial shortening of congratulations. Further colloquialized in British English to congratters (1906) and among online gamers to grats (by 2000).
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Example sentences
And congrats to the lucky grandparents on both sides.
Sounds challenging and congrats to the new recruits.
My sincere and whole-hearted congrats to the happy couple.
Congrats to my trio of extraterrestrial compatriots as well.
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