[kuhn-grach-uh-ley-shuhn or, often, -graj-, kuhng-]
the act of congratulating.
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another): Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō), equivalent to congrātulāt(us) (see congratulate) + -iōn- -ion

congratulational, adjective
precongratulation, noun Unabridged
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congratulations (kənˌɡrætjʊˈleɪʃənz)
pl n, —sentence substitute
expressions of pleasure or joy; felicitations

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. congratulationem, noun of action from congratulari "wish joy," from com- "together, with" + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace).

1630s, an exclamation conveying a sentiment of congratulation, from congratulation (q.v.).
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Example sentences
She took the congratulations of her rivals and of the rest of the company with
  the simplicity that was her crowning grace.
Nothing but congratulations and affectionate speeches were heard on all sides.
Congratulations on making it to the top of your ice climb.
Congratulations on being selected as one of the participants to get to go.
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